Minnesota’s Rapidan dam partially fails amid extreme flooding | EUROtoday

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A key dam in Minnesota partially failed on Monday afternoon after extreme flooding hit the area.

The Rapidan Dam in Blue Earth County, Minnesota is breaking down as dashing waters sweep particles into the 114-year-old construction. Debris started accumulating on the dam on Sunday, the Blue Earth County Sheriff’s Office mentioned. The swollen Blue Earth River can also be reducing via the west aspect of the dam, officers mentioned.

On Monday morning, the dam was in “imminent failure condition.” By the afternoon, it had suffered a “partial failure,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned. Nearby roads have been closed to guard residents.

“The dam is still intact and there are no current plans for a mass evacuation,” the sheriff’s workplace mentioned following the partial failure on Monday afternoon. “A portion of the river flow has diverted around the west side of the dam and water continues to flow.”

Nearby residents who’re in fast hazard have been notified, officers mentioned. The dam is close to town of Mankato, about 90 minutes from Minneapolis, and residential to some 45,000 individuals. Blue Earth County has practically 70,000 residents in whole.

The Rapidan Dam, pictured, partially failed on Monday due to rushing waters and debris build up
The Rapidan Dam, pictured, partially failed on Monday resulting from dashing waters and particles construct up (WAR11)

On social media, residents had been reacting to the information.

“My sister’s home is across the street from Sanger pit and needs a boat to get out of her house,” one person commented. Sanger Pit is a close-by park, positioned simply northeast of the dam. Another person mentioned they hoped emergency crews would rescue animals from close by Sibley Park.

Several residents have misplaced energy, which crews are working to revive whereas some bridges throughout the river have additionally been closed.

Governor Tim Walz mentioned the dam’s structural integrity “has been a question for a long time.”

“The removal of the dam has been a question that’s been up there,” Walz informed reporters on Monday, in keeping with Fox9.

Authorities say the Rapidan Dam, pictured, is still “intact” as of Monday afternoon.
Authorities say the Rapidan Dam, pictured, continues to be “intact” as of Monday afternoon. (WAR11)

Heavy rain resulting in extreme flooding throughout southern Minnesota left “entire communities under feet of water” Walz mentioned on Saturday.

“Across the state, intense rain has had catastrophic effects. Flooding has left entire communities under feet of water, causing severe damage to property and numerous road closures,” Walz mentioned.

The governor mobilized the state’s National Guard on Sunday as flooding continued.

In Madelia, a southern Minnesota city, sewage-filled flood waters swept via a number of neighborhoods over the weekend. Residents mentioned they needed to band collectively to save lots of one another and their properties.

“This is a wonderful community, community of work and friends and family and everything, so people of lots of different areas, Mankato, everywhere have been coming,” resident Terri Baumgartener informed native outlet KEYC.

“We noticed a little bit on the back of the yard yesterday morning,” Baumgartener continued. “We had family watching the house for us during the day, and then between 7 and 9, it just shot up.”

“The water I’m told went up three-quarters of an inch in the last hour, and we’re hoping and praying it starts to go down at some point.”

Much of the midwest is underwater on Monday. One individual is lifeless in South Dakota, although Governor Kristi Noem has but to launch any particulars, citing the household’s privateness. Meanwhile, flooding has additionally destroyed companies, healthcare services and houses in Iowa, mentioned Governor Kim Reynolds, who declared a state of emergency in 21 counties.

“Businesses are shuttered. Main streets have been impacted,” Reynolds mentioned. “Hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities were evacuated. Cities are without power, and some are without drinkable water.”