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Event Details

Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain / Snow Melt
State MINNESOTA
County/Area MCLEOD
WFO MPX
Report Source Emergency Manager
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2010-03-15 08:00:00.0 CST-6
Begin Location 0N BROWNTON
Begin Lat/Lon 44.74/-94.35
End Date 2010-03-19 21:00:00.0 CST-6
End Location 1NE BROWNTON
End Lat/Lon 44.74/-94.34
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 190.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Accumulating snowfall across the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains was extensive during the 2009/2010 winter with snowfall water equivalent amounts across the Minnesota River Valley as high as six inches. Across the Mississippi River Valley and the Crow, snowfall water equivalent amounts were between three and five inches.
The winter had very little melting on the snow cover and therefore, once temperatures in March started to rise and melt the snow cover, there was nearly three to six inches of liquid water ready to be release onto the surface.
The second week of March began with temperatures rising into the 40s and 50s.
A Flood Watch was issued as early as March 10th on the South Fork Crow River affecting Mayer in Carver County.
The first river flood warnings were issued on March 11th for the Minnesota River at Montevideo, Henderson, and Savage. Also, the Crow River at Rockford, and the South Fork Crow River below Mayer, and at Delano. On the 12th, other river flood warnings were issued along the Minnesota River, and the Cottonwood River at New Ulm.
The first flood warning for an ice jam was issued on the 12th for portions of Scott County on the Sand Creek. Other ice jams developed in Scott County on the 13th along the Credit River in Savage. Numerous ice james developed between the 13th and 18th when the rivers started to break up across southern and central Minnesota.
After the 15th, most of the headwaters of the Crow, Cottonwood, Sauk, Redwood and the Long Prairie rose sharply with all of the river forecast points rising above flood stage between the 15th and 21st. Once the ice jams broke up, and most of the headwater sites crested, there were several days where the Cottonwood, South Crow, Crow, and many points along the Minnesota, and Mississippi Rivers rose and held near, or above major flood stage. Most of the rivers crested between the 22nd and the 28th, with a slow fall through the end of the month.
Most of the areal flooding outside of the mainstem rivers occurred before the 22nd, but near the rivers, flooding continued through the 26th. Some of the very low areas along the Minnesota, Mississippi and Crow Rivers had county roads that remained closed through the last week of March.
Damage from the flood waters was mainly confined to ice jam debris, and washed out county roads due to the fast flow and eroding the ground soil underneath the asphalt.
Event Narrative An ice jam along the Buffalo Creek in Mcleod County caused flooding on Division Street in Brownton. In addition, county officials reported 16 partially blocked county roads throughout Mcleod County due to flooding along Buffalo Creek. At least one home had basement flooding due to flood waters. By the 18th of March, the flood waters from the Buffalo Creek reached Glencoe which flooded 100th Street.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 5.760M 0.00K
ALBERT LEA FREEBORN CO. MN 03/15/2010 08:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROWNTON MCLEOD CO. MN 03/15/2010 08:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 190.00K 0.00K
MAPLE IS FREEBORN CO. MN 03/15/2010 08:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOSCOW FREEBORN CO. MN 03/15/2010 08:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BEAUFORD BLUE EARTH CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JANESVILLE WASECA CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEWISVILLE WATONWAN CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAPLETON BLUE EARTH CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MATAWAN WASECA CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MINNESOTA LAKE BLUE EARTH CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MINNESOTA LAKE BLUE EARTH CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEW RICHLAND WASECA CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PEMBERTON BLUE EARTH CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WALDORF WASECA CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILTON WASECA CO. MN 03/15/2010 10:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BLUE EARTH FARIBAULT CO. MN 03/15/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CEYLON MARTIN CO. MN 03/15/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EVAN BROWN CO. MN 03/15/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SVEADAHL WATONWAN CO. MN 03/15/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TRUMAN MARTIN CO. MN 03/15/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ECHO YELLOW MEDICINE CO. MN 03/16/2010 12:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 420.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY MOREY FLD ARP MORRISON CO. MN 03/16/2010 14:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENDERSON SIBLEY CO. MN 03/16/2010 15:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SPRINGFIELD ARPT BROWN CO. MN 03/16/2010 15:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST JAMES WATONWAN CO. MN 03/16/2010 15:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WINNEBAGO FARIBAULT CO. MN 03/16/2010 15:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEW GERMANY CARVER CO. MN 03/16/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WATERTOWN CARVER CO. MN 03/16/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOYD LAC QUI PARLE CO. MN 03/17/2010 08:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 515.00K 0.00K
ALBERTA STEVENS CO. MN 03/17/2010 12:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 40.00K 0.00K
WATSON CHIPPEWA CO. MN 03/17/2010 12:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 345.00K 0.00K
MANKATO NICOLLET CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEW GERMANY CARVER CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEW ULM BROWN CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 160.00K 0.00K
ST PATRICK SCOTT CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LE CENTER LE SUEUR CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ODIN WATONWAN CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PEMBERTON BLUE EARTH CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 400.00K 0.00K
WINNEBAGO FARIBAULT CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LITTLE FALLS MORRISON CO. MN 03/17/2010 14:35 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
APPLETON ARPT SWIFT CO. MN 03/17/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BECHYN RENVILLE CO. MN 03/17/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 335.00K 0.00K
GLENVILLE FREEBORN CO. MN 03/17/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENDERSON SIBLEY CO. MN 03/17/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 60.00K 0.00K
OTTAWA LE SUEUR CO. MN 03/17/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
EAST UNION CARVER CO. MN 03/18/2010 12:30 CST-6 Flood 0 0 240.00K 0.00K
VESTA REDWOOD CO. MN 03/19/2010 12:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 255.00K 0.00K
WATAB BENTON CO. MN 03/19/2010 14:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHAKOPEE SCOTT CO. MN 03/19/2010 16:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ST PAUL RAMSEY CO. MN 03/20/2010 00:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 2.400M 0.00K
SHAKOPEE SCOTT CO. MN 03/20/2010 02:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 400.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 5.760M 0.00K