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Chelsea Thompson, Worthington (left) and Christy Nepp, Windom, canoe down flooded Ninth Avenue in Worthington Thursday morning. (Brian Korthals/Daily Globe)

Worthington: Floods strike southwest Minnesota counties

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WORTHINGTON -- The remnants of a tropical storm helped make rainfall records across southwest Minnesota Thursday, fueling floods and wreaking havoc on sewer systems and roads, and prompting Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to declare a state of emergency.

"Pipestone Creek at Pipestone has set an all-time record (flood) stage," said Jeff Chapman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "It's the highest it's ever been gauged at."

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