WE ARE IN TO DAY TWO OF FLOODING here in Faribault, where an emergency was declared last evening by Mayor John Jasinski.
The Cannon and Straight rivers have overflowed their banks in areas. Crews have been sandbagging some homes and businesses. Several streets are closed, including a portion of Second Avenue N.W. where the road crosses the Cannon River. This is a main arterial route through the city. An electrical substation is flooded. The wastewater treatment plant is threatened.
We’ve been instructed to limit water usage and to avoid unnecessary travel around town.
In the 28 years I’ve lived in the Faribault area, I have never seen the rivers this high.
Except for a two-hour power outage this morning, my family remains unaffected. Our home lies several blocks from the Straight River, but we have no reason to worry.
Here are some photos I shot shortly after 7 this morning.
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