Historical Flooding Rocks Northern Minnesota and Parts of Wisconsin

January 9, 2013

What Has Caused the Flooding?
Northern Minnesota has experienced steady torrential rainfall for much of the past 12 hours. This is as a result of flash floods and storm sewers that cannot contain the massive amount of rain that has fallen upon the region. Despite many floods over the last 10 years this flooding has reached historic levels in terms of the magnitude of rain in such a small period of time.

More To Come

Despite the fact that the rain began late last night it is expected to continue until 9 P.M. CST tonight. Flash flood warnings have been issued until around 4:30 P.M. so the full nature of the damage will not be known until after the storm clears. The storm is also proceeding towards the Wisconsin area at this very moment so areas in that state may also experience a similar flooding. The areas that are expected to be affected and that are included in the threat zone are the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, northern Wisconsin, southeastern Nebraska, nearly the entirety of Minnesota, as well as northwestern Missouri and Kansas. Clearly this storm is affecting a great deal of the heartland region of the U.S. These further storms are expected to bring more massive downpours, hail, and strong winds that may cause even further damage to the area.

Affected Areas

While many cities have experienced some sort of flooding the worst flooding has occurred in the Duluth and Superior area. The cities have essentially been shut down and authorities have warned residents to only venture outside of their homes in the case of an emergency. Interstate 35 and downtown tunnels in Duluth have also been closed due to the rains as police have stated sinkholes and washouts have made travel too dangerous to continue. Most local roads in Duluth have also been closed as well as the city hall and the University of Minnesota at Duluth college campus.

Potential Damages
There is not an accurate count of the total monetary amount of the damages inflicted by the storm but it will surely be a significant amount when everything is totaled up following the storm. In addition to the damages that will occur to the houses and businesses in the bigger cities and suburbs the crop damage is also sure to be significant. The crops had already experienced a great deal of rain and this further rain may damage many of the crops and will create a considerably smaller yield from the farmers than expected.

Deaths
No deaths have been reported yet and hopefully this is not something that will occur as the storm finishes its course.

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