Mudslide forces partial evacuation of Minneapolis hospital
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 3:45 PM - A record-breaking rainy June day led to massive flooding and mudslides in Minnesota. Minneapolis-Saint Paul were hit by torrential rain on Thursday, courtesy of a system that brought tornadoes to Nebraska and South Dakota earlier in the week. More than 150 mm of rain fell on the city in less than eight hours. That proved to be too much for certain areas, causing a mudslide near a Minneapolis hospital.
Mudslide near University of Minnesota Medical Center. Engineers say building is safe, built on rock and shale. pic.twitter.com/f76dPyczwr— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) June 20, 2014
The slide led to the evacuation of 20 administrative employees as a precautionary measure. It also forced officials to partially close down a nearby road.
The Minnehaha Creek burst out of its banks leaving nearby homeowners trying to protect their property against the invading waters.
The situation is dire enough that a request for federal disaster funds seems inevitable at this point.
Govenor Mark Dayton has been surveying the damage alongside U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar.
"The damage is really unprecedented and very widespread," he told the media before boarding a plane. All across the states there are washed out roads, dams reaching their peaks and water-damaged homes. Four state parks have had to be closed down because of the risk.
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Saturday offered the Twin Cities a brief recess from the rain with a mostly sunny day. The risk of precipitation will increase later this evening and into the night as rainy conditions are expected from Sunday to Wednesday. The cities are on track for a record-breaking month of precipitation for June.
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