ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on flooding in Minnesota (all times local):

4:30 p.m.

Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency in response to severe weather in the past month that has caused flooding and property damage across much of Minnesota.

Dayton's order on Thursday applies to 36 counties and the Red Lake Indian Reservation. His order cites a persistent weather pattern since June 9 that has generated a series of severe summer storms packing torrential rains, high winds and tornadoes, resulting in flash flooding.

His order directs state agencies to continue to assist affected local governments in responding to and recovering from the effects of the storms.

Flood warnings remain in place along several rivers and streams in southern Minnesota

The Cottonwood River is starting to recede in Lamberton, but it's been rising rapidly in New Ulm, where it has already reached major flood stage.

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7 a.m.

Brown County officials in southern Minnesota have evacuated residents of an apartment complex in Springfield because of rapidly rising water levels in the Cottonwood River.

Officials say that the river was approaching a record level Wednesday afternoon, and the National Weather Service was forecasting that it would crest mid-day on Thursday in Springfield.

County officials say there have been no injuries and the damage is unknown. Displaced apartment residents have been placed in housing by the American Red Cross or are staying with relatives.