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Lagoon Park in Montevideo lives up to its name Wednesday as flood waters from the Minnesota River cover the land. Areas around the Crow, Minnesota and Mississippi rivers face a second flood crest in coming days, and many places in northwestern Minnesota are bracing for initial crests of the Red River and other streams in the area this weekend or next week. The Minnesota River at Montevideo was expected to be at 20 feet by today. Last year's crest there was 20.09 feet. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

Many areas on Minnesota, Mississippi rivers are expecting a second crest

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ST. PAUL (AP) -- Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency for 46 Minnesota counties impacted by spring flooding.

The order Dayton signed Wednesday allows the State Emergency Operations Center to provide immediate help when those counties ask for help. It also directs the Adjutant General of the Minnesota National Guard to order to active duty personnel and equipment to provide assistance in preparing for floods and providing emergency relief services.

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Dayton's order comes as many areas along the Crow, Minnesota and Mississippi rivers are expecting a second flood crest, and areas along the Red River and its tributaries in northern Minnesota prepare for another year of record or near-record flooding.

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