Gov. Dayton plans trip to view flooding in southwestern Minnesota

Gov. Mark Dayton plans a trip to southwestern Minnesota this afternoon to assess flood damage caused by weekend rains.

The governor’s office says he’ll travel to Luverne and Edgerton later today, “weather permitting.”

KELO-TV reports that all four lanes of I-90 were closed overnight, with up to 4 feet of water covering the roadway at times. The lanes were reopened this morning.

In Luvurne: “A portion of the southwestern Minnesota was swamped by a gushing Rock River after the lower dam at Blue Mounds State Park broke Sunday between midnight and 2 a.m. A dock broke loose and floated about a quarter of a mile to the dam, blocking the overflow and causing the spillway to wash away,” reported the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Officials reported that an estimated 40 percent of Luverne residents had some sort of flood damage because of the Rock River overflow.

And at a Luverne baseball field, water nearly reached the bottom of a scoreboard, 7 feet high.

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