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Residents brace for floods

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Jamie Yuccas) -- Minnesota is called the land of 10,000 lakes and many are rising to record levels after days of torrential rain.   

The Mississippi River is rising fast in southwestern Minnesota.  Rivers and lakes in the St. Paul-Minneapolis area are spilling over their banks after days of extremely rare summer rain.  River currents are three times faster than normal.   Widespread flooding is expected.

Chris Weldon of the Scott County Sheriff's Office said, "The rain was the first part now the flood from the river is the second part."

Prior Lake is also approaching flood stage.  Ryan and Nicole Tomisch filled 1,700 sand bags to protect their home.  

Nicole Tomisch said, "It is frustrating because it hasn't rained since Thursday and the water is still rising."

High water has already forced some river bridges to close.  Some officials are already calling it a statewide disaster.


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