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Heavy rains lead Rock County to declare state of emergency

Murray County to consider similar action Friday. Rainfall amounts of 6 to 8 inches fell during storms Tuesday and Wednesday nights, with one area in Murray County recording nearly 11 inches of rain.

Chanarambie Creek flooding
Flooding of Chanarambie Creek is shown Thursday morning east of Edgerton. (Photo submitted by Rick Fey)

REGIONAL — Rock County has declared a state of emergency in response to damages sustained from excessive rain Wednesday, and similar action is expected to be taken Friday morning in Murray County.

Storms that rolled across southwest Minnesota Tuesday and Wednesday nights dumped from 6 to 8 inches of rain across the midsection of Pipestone, Murray and Cottonwood counties, with a two-day total of nearly 11 inches of rain near Avoca in Murray County.

The rains have caused rivers to swell out of their banks, creeks to rise and water to run over roadways. Rock and Murray counties are reporting numerous road closures due to flooding, and are advising travelers to avoid areas where water is going over roadways.

Rock County Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Burger, in announcing the state of emergency there, said major flood damage was incurred by roads throughout Rock County.

In Murray County, Economic Development Director Amy Rucker said Thursday afternoon that there are a lot of roads and a few culverts washed out there.

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“Several county and township roads are closed,” she said. “We do want to remind people to stay off of closed roads, don’t try to drive through standing water on roadways and do not drive around road barriers.”

This story will be updated.

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