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More Flooding Reported Around Minnesota, Iowa

September 16, 1992

Undated (AP) _ Schools and roads remained closed in southern Iowa today as more rain hit an already soaked area. Torrential rains that passed through southern Minnesota overnight flooded roads, caused a mudslide and delayed the opening of some schools.

While Minnesotans were getting the worst of it today, scattered showers slowed the recovery from an intense storm that had dumped up to a foot of rain in some parts of southern Iowa on Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Towns to the south of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area were particularly hard hit. The National Weather Service said nearly 8 inches of rain fell late Tuesday and early today in Farmington, where schools openings were delayed for two hours because roads were under water.

Interstate 35 was closed in both directions south of Lakeville for several hours early today. The heavy rain caused a mudslide just south of Belle Plaine, southwest of Minneapolis. No injuries were reported.

Several state highways in Dakota County were closed Tuesday evening because of flooding, said sheriff’s Sgt. Kathy Abram.

She described Hastings, a town of 15,000 southeast of Minneapolis, as ‴a mess. We’ve got burning things in Rosemount, phone lines down, propane tanks floating in ditches and all that stuff. We’re already in big trouble here.″

About 6,600 people were without electricity this morning in the Twin Cities area.

The rain tapered off in most areas by daybreak. But another round of showers and thunderstorms was predicted for southeastern Minnesota this afternoon.

In Iowa, the National Weather Service reported new flooding today on the East Nodaway River in Adams County. Homes and businesses along the river in Corning had water in them, the weather service said.

U.S. Highway 34 looked like a boat ramp as it disappeared into a water- filled valley east of Osceola. It was engulfed by a mile-wide lake where only a small creek had flowed before the storm.

Low-lying roads and bridges were covered with up to 8 feet of water, and phone service and power had been knocked out in some areas. Phone service was out in parts of Wayne County.

Corydon Mayor Dave Clayton said high water caused sewers to back up in at least half the town’s houses. Clayton, who owns Clayton Plumbing and Heating, said the water damaged or destroyed water heaters and furnaces.

″We’ve got more business than I want,″ he said.

County workers were using snow plows to clear away gravel that washed onto some roadways, he said.

Minor flooding also was reported in central Wisconsin, and forecasters worried more rain predicted in the state’s already saturated southwest could cause flooding there.