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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

Weekend storms soak the region

WILLMAR — Round after round of heavy rain and thunderstorms soaked the region over the weekend.

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A flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect through Monday afternoon for the southern two-thirds of the state, including Kandiyohi, Chippewa, Meeker, Renville, Swift, Pope, Stearns, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties.

The rain has led to saturated soil and swollen creeks and streams, creating a risk of flash flooding. With more rain in the forecast Monday morning, the risk of flash flooding is expected to continue into Monday afternoon, the Weather Service said.

Individuals in areas prone to flooding are being advised to monitor the conditions and be prepared to take action if the water begins to rise. Campers who are staying near streams or in low-lying areas may need to seek higher ground. Motorists also are urged to avoid driving where water covers the road.

Local law enforcement did not report any major storm-related incidents over the weekend. Willmar Police received a report around 8:15 p.m. Saturday of a vehicle that stalled out in a large puddle at First Street and Trott Avenue. The vehicle was pushed out of the traffic lane to a safe location.

Much of the region was spared from the heaviest rain. Cumulative rainfall amounts were mostly two inches or less, although much of Renville County and western Yellow Medicine County received between three and four inches, with isolated areas of heavier rain. Since Friday night, rainfall in western Stearns County has totaled six inches or more, leading to flood warnings.

There’s still a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms today but they will diminish by nightfall. The arrival of a cold front will bring sunshine on Tuesday and a high in the mid-70s.

Gas leak

NEW LONDON – Xcel Energy was called to repair a gas leak reported Saturday morning at a residence on Pine Street in New London.

The leak reportedly occurred in the gas line leading to the meter.

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