More Rain Causes Area Flooding

Three to four inches of rain in just over an hour, caused localized flooding in Faribault County on Sunday.


KBEW recorded 3.21 inches of rain yesterday.


Highway 169, under the railroad overpass, was closed for a short period of time as a plugged drain from debris caused water to rive over the road.


Leland Parkway from Highway 169 to Main Street has been closed due to rising waters from the Blue Earth River.


Several other roads across the county have also been closed due to high water.


Blue Earth Mayor Rick Scholtes said the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Blue Earth lost power and was under 30 feet of water as crew worked to bail out the water and get it back on line.  Bypass valves were opened to let the water run straight into the Blue Earth River, but due to high water levels, some water was backing up into homes.


Public Works Director Jaime Holland said the City has been able to get two pumps working as of Monday Morning, but they were still unable to keep up with the amount of water coming into the plant.  They are working at drying out the plant and hope to have two additional pumps back on line as soon as possible.


At the height of the storm, the inflow into the plant went from 700 gallons per minute to over 4,000 gallons per minute.


The Official Rainfall Total at the plant was 4.6 inches with most of that falling in less than an hour.