Water levels in areas of Olmsted and Dodge Counties began dropping Friday afternoon after an overnight deluge resulted in widespread flash flooding followed by flooding along the South Branch of the Zumbro River.
The flooding along the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota this year is among the 10 worst on record, but the flood crests ended up being significantly lower than the dire predictions made shortly after the record-setting snowstorms in February and March.
The National Weather Service has come out with its first spring flood crest predictions for the Mississippi River in southeastern Minnesota and it appears the high water marks will be well below the record highs set in 1965.
The National Weather Service has issued a worrisome forecast for areas of southeastern Minnesota, northeastern Iowa and southwestern Wisconsin that have been socked recently by torrential rains and damaging flooding.
Gov. Mark Dayton today submitted a formal request to the White House asking President Trump to issue a major federal disaster declaration for Minnesota communities hit hard by severe storms and flooding between June 15th and June 12th.