Floods in Owatonna, Minnesota

More towns and cities around the state lines of South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota have seen severe flooding as the heavy rain continues to fall.

According to local media, the city of Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesota declared a state of emergency late on Tuesday 17 June 2014 after torrential rain caused the Straight River to overflow. Levels of the river have risen by over 11 feet since the heavy rainfall first began on Sunday 15 June 2014.

Roads have been closed and local parks flooded. Homes and properties in the area are all under flood threat. Around 3.4 inches of rain fell in 24 hours between Monday and Tuesday. The city’s drainage system is running at capacity. Further rainfall may be likely and the state of emergency is likely to continue until at least later today, Thursday 19 June 2014.

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Flooded roads in Owatona. Photo: Spongebob_hi @ twitter.com

Local authorities have urged people not to drive in flood water. Sandbags have also been issued to people to help protect homes. The area saw severe flooding in 2010.

The flood threat in Owatonna comes after a spate of storms and floods swept across South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota since Monday. A woman has been reported as missing in the floods in South Dakota.

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Source: CBS Local