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Recent heavy rains cause flooding in Goodhue County


WELCH, Minn. (KTTC) -- The Cannon River is slowly receding, but the impact of the heavy rains continue.  To make matters worse, more rain is in the forecast for places that have seen months worth in just the last few days.

Places such as Fillmore county and other towns startling the Minnesota and Iowa border can't seem to buy rain, but further north in Rice and Goodhue counties, anywhere from 10-14 inches of rain and maybe more in spots has fallen since last Thursday.

After days of heavy rain, Crews are still working hard to remove debris and put streets back together after torrential rains turned slow moving streams into raging rivers.

"With repeated heavy rainfalls the ground just can't absorb the water anymore so we keep getting fast runoffs and with the stream the way it's directed, kind of cut in to the bank of number 7 and it's eroding it back in," said Jeff Sutherland of Goodhue County Public Works.

But repair efforts on County Road 7 have been put on hold thanks to threat of more heavy rain.

"What we're trying to do right now with rain predicted again... we're trying to correct this enough so it will last for the next few days so we can come back and do it the correct way. We're going to have to take the whole road apart rebuild it back up," added Sutherland.

As the Cannon river jumped its banks, the rushing water took large trees scattering them in fields and decimating crops. Residents along the cannon are hoping that their is not a repeat performance in the days to come.

"It takes a lot of water to come up on this side of the river, probably into the black top here and when it gets that high it's full. It mostly goes on the other side, said Larry Gustafson, owner of the Cannon River Inn in Welch.

It will take one to two weeks for the river to get back down, but that of course is dependant if mother nature cooperates.

"It's getting hard on business. Roads are washed out. Highway 19 is closed. It's kind of a major road right now, a lot of people have to detour the whole area," explained Gustafson.

And a sense of normalcy won't return until the rain stops.

Goodhue County Public Works says it will need about four days of dry weather to get the road rebuilt, but that is pending anymore damage from the possibility of more rain.

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