The rain just kept coming.
For much of the day July 3, southwest Minnesota, including Redwood County, saw significant rainfall, with some areas experiencing inches of rain reaching double digits.
Streets were filled with water, as were many basements, and roadways had to be closed because they were flooded.
Early in the day, the Redwood County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting, adopted a resolution declaring a state of emergency in the county, and much of the day’s rains had not even fallen at that point.
The reality is that Tuesday’s deluge was not the first major rain the area had received, as much of the ground was completely saturated meaning there was nowhere for the water to go.
Jim Sandgren, Redwood County emergency management director requested the state of emergency declaration for the county retroactive to June 16 through the present showing the pattern of heavy rainfall and flooding which residents, homeowners, landowners, farmers and business owners had seen for more than a month.
According to Sandgren, who has made several trips throughout the county to see the damage, the damage to fields, roads and bridges is significant, and the state of emergency declaration provides the county with the opportunity to submit a request for financial assistance in order to make repairs on public infrastructure.
Sandgren said he has been in contact with representatives from the cities and townships in Redwood County asking them to go out and make assessments of damage.
Since that request was initially made, Gov. Mark Dayton issues an emergency executive order declaring a state of peacetime emergency in Minnesota. Among the counties listed in Dayton’s proclamation are Redwood and Renville.
Dayton also toured southwest Minnesota July 6 to see for himself just how devastating the flooding has been.
Larry Thielen, Redwood and Renville counties Farm Service Agency (FSA) executive director, said he has gone out to look at crops, adding while the flooding in some areas is very evident, the taller corn is hiding whatever water might be present. He said it will be some time before a full assessment of crop damage can be done in the area.
Roads remained closed throughout the region as this edition went to print, and with river crests still anticipated, it is going to be some time before the water recedes enough for damage to be determined.
The public is reminded as they clean up the damage from the flooding that items, such as appliances, electronics or hazardous waste can’t be disposed of in dumpsters.