More rain sweeps through area
WORTHINGTON -- A storm that rolled through the area Tuesday morning dropped anywhere from 1 to 5 inches in southwest Minnesota, drenching ground that has been saturated many times this year.
With more rain expected that afternoon, the city office in Hills put out a precautionary request asking resident to refrain from using excess water. While no sewer backups had been reported, the city chose to err on the side of caution.
Rock County Dispatcher Roger Kohl was one of two dispatchers on duty when the morning storm blew through the area. He said they had reports of rain amounts that varied from 3 to 5 inches.
"There was a report of water over U.S. 75 just south of Luverne," Kohl stated shortly before 11 a.m. "That has since gone down."
A Rock County Sheriff's Office deputy had reported water on Main Street that was almost as high as the bumpers on cars and reached toward some business doors.
"We have some residential people saying there is water in the basement, but haven't heard of anything major," Kohl added.
Main Street businesses were alerted to check their basements for water, and one resident said there was minor basement water all over town, both residential and commercial.
In Worthington, the waste water treatment plant reported .59 inches of rain before 7 a.m., and another .64 by 1 p.m.