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Midwest Flooding, Tornadoes Accompany Heavy Rainstorms

By    |   Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 11:19 AM

Storm with drenching rains in the Midwest brought heavy flooding and at times even tornadoes from Minnesota to Ohio, with relief nowhere in sight until next week.

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton toured some of the state's worse hit areas Tuesday as tiny communities in the Minneapolis metro area worried that the storms would exhaust their emergency budgets for the entire year, reported the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

"For a community this size, we're spending a tremendous amount of resources, probably upwards of 10 percent of our annual budget, simply in the last five days trying to deal with holding back these waters," Delano city administrator Phil Kern told the Star Tribune, saying his small town has spent $250,000 over the past five days just limiting the water coming over its banks. "While we certainly enjoy being in the location that we are, it's a challenge continuing to deal with this over and over again."

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NBC News' John Yang reported that the National Weather Service predicts that the Mississippi River in the Minneapolis area will crest sometime Thursday evening six inches higher than what it was on Wednesday. Yang said that the NWS did not expect the river to fall below flood stage until late next week.

Wisconsin Public Radio reported on Tuesday that the Wisconsin State Highway 64/Minnesota State Highway 36 lift bridge, near Houghton, Wisconsin, was closed indefinitely because of high water on the St. Croix River, which also affected Stillwater, Minnesota. The closure forced drivers to cross the river on Interstate 94 or farther north on Wisconsin State Highway 243.

High water also closed portions of Interstate 35 in Burnsville, Minnesota near the Minneapolis.

Cleveland's WKYC-TV reported Wednesday that the Akron-Canton Airport has recorded his wettest June on record because of additional showers this week. Three counties, including Cleveland's Cuyahoga County, was placed under flash flood warnings earlier this week while an EF1 tornado hit the suburb of Brunswick, Monday damaging 45 homes, stated the television station.

A tornado accompanied heavy rain in suburban Indianapolis, including Plainfield, Indiana, creating a seven-mile track that damaged as many as 75 to 100 homes in the area Tuesday, reported the Indianapolis Star.

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Storm with drenching rains in the Midwest brought heavy flooding and at times even tornadoes from Minnesota to Ohio, with relief nowhere in sight until next week.
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