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Fillmore and Houston Counties hit hard by flooding


RUSHFORD, Minn. (KTTC) -- Heavy rain this weekend has caused flooding in the Rushford, Mabel, Lanesboro and Lenora areas and three highways in Fillmore and Houston counties have been closed.

Some Boy Scouts camping near Whalan were evacuated about 2 a.m. Sunday and then watched their tents wash away in raging flash floodwaters.

MnDOT says Highway 43 is closed between Mabel and Choice because of water over the road. A viewer tells KTTC that it has washed out just before Three Bridge, about nine miles north of Mabel. Because Highway 43 was being used as a detour route for the Highway 44 construction project, MnDOT has temporarily lifted the detour.

Because of high water at the Yucatan Bridge, MnDOT has also closed Highway 76 between Houston and Caledonia "until further notice."

East of Houston, Highway 16 is closed because of water over the road.

And south of Peterson, Fillmore County Road 23 is closed because of a washout. Other county roads have been temporarily closed Sunday morning but will re-open as the water recedes.

Meteorologist Jonathan Kegges reports from the Mabel area that about five inches of rain fell overnight on top of three inches Friday and four inches Saturday--about a foot of rain in three days.

Some Boy Scouts were camping near Whalen when they got quite a scare.

"(They) were camping on County Road 23 near Whalan and had to evacuate at 2 a.m. and watched their tents and things be washed away," reports the grandmother of two of the campers.

Six boys and two adult leaders from a Scout troop in Plainview were in their tents when the water started rising.

"One of the leaders said 'it's time to go!' so we went to the vehicles," said Connor Adams. "That's when the tents went."

Connor, 11, and his twin brother Isaac--though tentless--will go home to Plainview safe and sound.

The Fillmore County Sheriff's office says DNR officers also checked on campers near Diamond Creek as the heaviest of the rain was falling, but the two people there were fine and were clearing out and going home.


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