10th Anniversary of Massive Flooding in Region
Rushford, MN (KROC-AM News) - It was ten years ago, this week, that southeastern Minnesota was hit by devastating flooding.
The National Weather says a stalled frontal boundary resulted in the continuous redevelopment of storms that started on August 18th, 2007 and continued through the next day. The main area of heavy rain was along a line from Claremont, through Rochester and La Crosse and into western Wisconsin.
The rainfall totals exceeded a foot in many areas and were over 15 inches in some locations. The official storm total of the Rochester Airport was 11.1 inches. The storms even established a new statewide record for rainfall over a 24 period when 15.10 inches of rain fell near Hokah in Houston County, but there were also unofficial readings above 17 inches.
The massive amount of water rushing toward the Mississippi River cause numerous mudslides, washed all roads and produced flash flooding that was blamed for the deaths of seven people. The town of Rushford, in the Fillmore County, was hit the hardest by the floodwaters, which roared down Russian Creek and caused in excess of $200 million in damage.