PHOTOS: Flash flooding in Mankato, Minn. - KMSP-TV

PHOTOS: Flash flooding in Mankato, Minn.

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Storms tore through Minnesota overnight, and Mankato woke up in especially rough shape Wednesday morning as flash flooding caused a mudslide forcing several roads and highways to close.

PHOTOS: Mankato flash flooding

More than three inches of rain fell Tuesday night and continued into early Wednesday morning, overwhelming the city's sewer system and closing about a dozen streets. Both directions of Highway 66 are closed south of Mankato from Highway 169 to Blue Earth County Road 9, the Minnesota Department of Transportation confirmed. Highway 169 southbound between St. Peter and Mankato has since reopened.

The Minnesota River that cuts through the MSU-Mankato campus is rapidly rising according to a statement issued by the city. On Wednesday, it measured 18 feet, but was expected to climb to 23.5 feet by Thursday morning. That may be below the 30-foot major flood stage, but if more rains come, it won't stay that way.

DEBRIS, MUD, AND FLOODS

The rush of raging water left behind pools full of muck and debris as a stream that is usually a trickle became a gushing torrent that carried several feet of mud and silt right up to the front door of Carla Wendt's home.

"It's up to your thighs in back there and your knees up front," she said. "It's a big mess."

Messy though it may be, that mud may have actually saved the inside of one home from major damage.

"He got up at 2 in the morning and came out here and started shoveling the mud and diverting the water so it wouldn't come into his house anymore," Wendt told Fox 9 News.

Near the Minnesota State University campus, numerous cleanup crews were called to an apartment complex where about 3 dozen units got hit hard and fast. It was a big surprise to tenants who found all their belongings were drenched.

"I got up and there was 3 inches of water throughout the entire apartment," Taylor Smith told Fox 9 News. "We were picking up cords. I was afraid I was going to get electrocuted."

At Land of Memories Park, campers were evacuated. For many, the sudden rise in water was more of a nightmare than a fond moment to reflect on. With more rain in the forecast, many Mankato residents are building dikes just in case flash flooding strikes again.

SANDBAGS PACKED IN EAGLE LAKE

For residents in Eagle Lake, the threat of flooding is a neighborhood concern. Residents have been packing thousands of sandbags since 3 p.m. to protect two homes along a stream that is more swollen than ever.

"I am so grateful," homeowner Shauna Hannaman said. "Honestly, I've got some great neighbors."

Hannaman explained that her entire basement was flooded when she came home. Although neighbors were frantically trying to help from the outside, there wasn't much they could do.

"The water was everywhere," Hannaman said.

The water has since receded, but with the threat of more severe storms that could drop additional inches of rain on the region, neighbors aren't taking chances.

"If we get another 2 inches, I'm looking at the same thing again," Hannaman said.

Now, both Hannaman and Michelle Cornelius, whose home also flooded, are hoping that the forecast will dry up so that they can too.

EMERGENCY EFFORTS

The Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division is working with emergency managers to address storm damage. Here's latest information reported to the State Emergency Operations Center:

Southeast Region

Blue Earth County

· The County Emergency Operations Center is partially activated to respond to mudslide and flooded roads.
· Highway 66 south of Mankato is closed from Blue Earth County Road 90 to County Road 9.

Rice County

· The Emergency Operations Center is partially activated to respond to flooding.
· The Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault has significant flooding in a workshop area. Officials are working with the SEOC logistics staff regarding pumps and sandbags
· City of Faribault is closely monitoring water levels on the Straight and Cannon Rivers.

Steele County

· An Emergency Declaration is in place.
· The Emergency Operations Center is partially activated.
· City is sandbagging public infrastructure.
· Residents are sandbagging private homes.

Waseca County

· Numerous roads are closed due to high water.

Freeborn County

· A home in Albert Lea was heavily damaged by straight line winds.
· Public Works officials are pumping flooded streets.
· The City of Maple Island remains without power

Southwest Region

Rock County

· An Emergency Declaration was signed.
· 20 culverts were washed out and travel is limited throughout the county due to road closures.
· County officials estimate 100,000 acres of crop loss out of 250,000 tillable. The loss is expected to have a "significant economic impact."
· A meeting to discuss damages is planned for Thursday.

Brown County

· County officials are conducting damage assessments on township and county roads.
· Mudslide reported on County Road 10.

Northern Minnesota

Koochiching County

· Officials are assessing the need for additional sandbagging machinery.
· Rainy Lake is predicted to crest in mid-July.

St. Louis County

· Sandbagging efforts continue at Kabetogama.

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