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Straight River going down in Owatonna

OWATONNA, Minn. (KTTC) -- One day after Steele County and Owatonna officials declared a state of emergency due to anticipated flooding, the Straight River is holding at a steady level.

The emergency was declared in case the river rose to a threatening level.

City officials told the NewsCenter the river has jumped its banks in some low lying areas south of the city, including the golf course.

However, no homes or businesses have been affected.

Chris Gannon, with Owatonna's Emergency Management Operation, said the water's depth is manageable.

"This morning's number was about 1,128 feet. If we look at that number, 1128 feet, compared to a normal summer level, when it would be down at it's lowest point, would be about 1,120 feet. So, really we've seen it come up about 8 feet," said Gannon.

Officials are optimistic the Straight River's levels will continue to decrease.



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