Heavy rain brings minor flooding to SW Minn.by Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Residents and businesses in the southwestern Minnesota city of Luverne were cleaning up Monday after flash flooding.
Severe thunderstorms moved through the area early Monday morning, dumping several inches of rain and causing basements to flood.
Roger Kohl, a dispatcher for the Rock County Sheriff's Office in Luverne, said several businesses along Main Street in downtown Luverne had water in their businesses.
"The water has since gone down," Kohl said. "Rainfall amounts that we've had thus far have been anywhere from reports of three to five inches."
Highway 75 south of Luverne also flooded temporarily, but all the floodwater has receded, Kohl said. No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service has issued flood advisories for several counties in the Twin Cities and in three counties along Interstate 90 in south-central Minnesota.
Forecasters in the Twin Cities said to watch out for local street flooding as one to two inches of rain was expected to fall all at once.
Flash flood watches are in effect throughout the day in parts of western and southwestern Minnesota, including Rock County.