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Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain
State MINNESOTA
County/Area HOUSTON
WFO ARX
Begin Date 06/09/2008 14:30:00 CST-6
Begin Range 2
Begin Azimuth S
Begin Location PERKINS
Begin Lat/Lon 43.75/-91.66
End Date 06/10/2008 19:00:00 CST-6
End Range 4
End Azimuth E
End Location HOKAH
End Lat/Lon 43.76/-91.25
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 20.00K
Crop Damage 25.00K
Episode Narrative A warm front extended east to west across the Upper Mississippi Valley on June 7, which provided the focus for thunderstorms producing excessive rainfall. In fact, these storms exhibited very high rainfall rates, which led to 1 to 2 inch rainfall amounts in an hour or so. As the storms congealed into a larger scale line of thunderstorms, they continued to move over the same areas, which led to significant flash flooding through the evening and overnight.

On June 8, the warm front was lingering across the region, but a cold front was quickly tracking east out of the northern Plains. Showers and storms would redevelop during the day in the vicinity of the warm front, while a line of storms developed out ahead of the cold front, with these tracking across the region Sunday night. Again, copious amounts of moisture lead to periods of heavy rain.

The heavy rainfall on June 8 enhanced the already dangerous flooding conditions across parts of southeast Minnesota. Many roads were already closed from the June 7 rains due to water over the roadways, mudslides, or partial washouts. Conditions only worsened, leading to more road closures, sandbagging, and some evacuations.

While the rain was tapering off and moving east Sunday night, June 8, the rivers continued to rise, and some extremely quickly. Some rivers responded with a foot per hour rises. A top 5 record crest was set at the South Branch of the Root River at Preston.

Fillmore, Houston and Mower County were declared federal disaster areas. Damage to crops and infrastructure in these locations was preliminarily estimated at 25 to 35 million dollars.
Event Narrative The Root River went above flood stage across northern parts of Houston County for a day or two. The crest at Houston was 16.13 feet and the flood stage is 15 feet. Another crest occurred on June 14th of 15.26 feet.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 13.970M 10.870M
WINONA WINONA CO. MN 06/07/2008 15:38 CST-6 Flood 0 0 50.00K 20.00K
LAMOILLE WINONA CO. MN 06/07/2008 16:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 250.00K 10.00K
LYLE MOWER CO. MN 06/07/2008 17:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 500.00K 300.00K
MABEL FILLMORE CO. MN 06/07/2008 18:54 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 750.00K 500.00K
NEWHOUSE HOUSTON CO. MN 06/07/2008 19:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 2.500M 1.500M
VIOLA OLMSTED CO. MN 06/08/2008 05:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 50.00K 15.00K
AUSTIN ACRES MOWER CO. MN 06/08/2008 07:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 500.00K 400.00K
SPRING VLY FILLMORE CO. MN 06/08/2008 07:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 2.100M 1.800M
BLACK HAMMER HOUSTON CO. MN 06/08/2008 07:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 6.500M 5.500M
LANESBORO FILLMORE CO. MN 06/08/2008 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 750.00K 800.00K
PERKINS HOUSTON CO. MN 06/09/2008 14:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 20.00K 25.00K
Totals: 0 0 13.970M 10.870M