States of emergency have been declared in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin due to torrential rains and flooding.
Sections of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa are under continued flood warnings as the rivers and creeks continue to swell and rise. The National Weather Service (NWS) has warned that the excessive water could even lead to the Mississippi surging before the first of the week.
The NWS reported 5 to 10 inches of rain fell late Wednesday/early Thursday, and the area is bracing for more rains today.
There are reports of road closures, school closures, submerged highways, damaged homes and evacuations. According to CNN, in some areas only the roofs of homes were showing. No casualties have been reported.
Many communities are coming together to try to sandbag areas to prevent the flooding from damaging more than it already has. Counties all over the three states are seeing record flooding as the rivers and lakes fill up the streets.
Shelters are being set up for the evacuees, and National Guard troops is helping state emergency officials in some towns.
Doug Neville, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, told the AP “This is going to be a long-term kind of issue.”
Arcadia, Wisconsin, is one of the towns that has experienced the worst of the flooding so far. 343 homes have been evacuated, and power lines and bridges in the town have been swamped and destroyed.