Gov. Dayton visits Minnesota communities plagued by flood damage

- People in the southern and western parts of Minnesota are dealing with the aftermath of a second round of flooding as rivers continue to rise.

On Monday, residents spoke to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton when he stopped by to assess the damage.

Just outside Blue Earth, a very big and expensive hole along County Road 8 shows the damage done by the recent rainfall.

“That is a huge drainage project that is in the works; it was only about 70 percent complete when this rain event hit, but even that was overwhelmed - it was completely to the top and over the road,” said Lisa Frommie, emergency management director for Faribault County.

The project is meant to help improve flood drainage off of farm fields severely damaged by - ironically - rainfall.

Governor Dayton met with officials who showed him the damage, which has been valued at $350,000 so far.

“We had anywhere from four to seven inches of rain within an hour and a half, and the ground was already saturated, so there was nowhere for the water to go,” Frommie said.

Dayton made Blue Earth his third stop on his second day of touring damage, also visiting Jackson and Windom.

“We’re here to let you know that it’s not just one stop, we’re going to be here throughout the process,” Dayton said.

In places like Blue Earth, farmers will also need help recuperating. 

Officials discussed plans for longer fixes such as building dams and holding ponds so farmers can keep draining fields without it immediately inundating the rivers.

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