Photos: Southern Minnesota walloped by water


Football practice dummies sit in standing water.
1 Football practice dummies sit in standing water in Janesville after torrential rains. Resident Laura Seys said she couldn't recall school ever being called off due to rain during her 30 years of living in the community. 
Wanamingo employees clear water from sewage plant
2 Wanamingo Public Works employees use a pump to clear flood water from the sewage plant near the Zumbro River Thursday. 
Jamie Willaert spreads out family photos to dry.
3 Jamie Willaert spreads out family photos on the floor of her mother's garage in Waseca to dry on Thursday. The basement of the house flooded, soaking the pictures. 
Sandbaggers at a nursing home in Janesville.
4 Sandbaggers worked to keep the water from a nursing home in Janesville Thursday after heavy rains. 
Kelton Erler, 12, moves a water pipe.
5 Kelton Erler, 12, moves a water pipe that was pumping water out of the Janesville Nursing Home as volunteers helped with the cleanup. Erler and all other JWP students had the day off of school due to the flooding in the area. 
A Kenyon City Works truck crosses Hwy. 60.
6 A Kenyon City Works truck makes its way across a flooded portion of State Highway 60 Thursday morning after flood waters caused the city to temporarily close the highway. 
Wanamingo city admin. Michael Boulton
7 Wanamingo city administrator Michael Boulton surveys the damage caused by floodwaters at the city's Riverside Park Thursday morning. Large amounts of rain Wednesday caused the Zumbro River to overflow its banks. 
Playground equipment at Wanamingo Riverside Park
8 Playground equipment at the Wanamingo Riverside Park was almost completely covered by flood waters this morning. 
Eli Johannsen and Liam Aberle wade through water.
9 Eli Johannsen, 15, right, and Liam Aberle, 14, wade through the parking lot near Waseca High School's football field. 
Items float in Sheryl Gutfleisch's basement.
10 Items float in Sheryl Gutfleisch's basement in Waseca. Gutfleisch showed the water line only two steps down from the main floor and said the water reached her basement ceiling. The white residue on top of the items is from the ceiling paint washing off. 
Two cars parked along a flooded street in Waseca.
11 Two cars parked along the flooded street of 14th Ave. NW in Waseca. 
Greg Peters, with MN-DOT, checks bridge supports.
12 Greg Peters, with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, checks the bridge supports as flood waters from the Zumbro River threaten to damage the structure in Zumbrota early this morning. 
Mike Johnson walks through a flooded street.
13 Mike Johnson walks through a flooded street while he put up warning signs for drivers on Thursday morning in Mankato, Minn. 
A driver plows through flooded Mankato street.
14 A driver plows through the flooded intersection of Plato Street and Shakespeare Avenue on Thursday morning in Mankato. 
Jason Spooner puts up warning sticks.
15 Jason Spooner puts up warning sticks at a flooded intersection in Mankato Thursday morning as heavy rains left many roads closed and flooded. 
Flooded intersection in Mankato mobile home park.
16 Intersections were flooded in a mobile home park in Mankato after heavy overnight rains. 
Bridge over Zumbro River in Zumbrota
17 A bridge over the Zumbro River in Zumbrota is likely to close as rapidly rising flood waters have put the nearby Covered Bridge Park under water. The bridge is on state Highway 58 in Goodhue County. 
Rising water on the Zumbro River
18 The middle fork of the Zumbro River in Pine Island, seen in the background, is rising rapidly Thursday. 
Logan Krevchuck, 14, puts his hand in a whirlpool.
19 Logan Krevchuck, 14, puts his hand in a whirlpool as flood waters drained along 2nd St. NW in Waseca. Waseca students had the day off of school due to the flooding. 
Kyle Collins sweeps water out of the hockey rink.
20 Kyle Collins, the arena manager for Waseca's new hockey rink, sweeps water out of the building on Thursday afternoon. The arena was scheduled to open in a few days but Collins said the flooding will push back the opening date by about a month. 
Mike Kuster salvages knobs from a flooded basement
21 Mike Kuster salvages the door knobs from a flooded basement on Thursday. "It's not the first time that it's flooded," Kuster said of the neighborhood in Waseca. "Of course we got nine inches so it's tough even for the city stuff to handle that much." He added that his rain gauge of six inches overflowed. 
Mankato utilities workers remove road signs.
22 Two Mankato utilities workers remove road signs on Homestead Road as flash flooding receded on Thursday morning.