Video: Above the Cannon River, after the big rains
I tried to fly down to the area southeast of Mankato this afternoon to try to get a better look at the floods caused by this week’s rain. Unfortunately, there was a wall of water stretching for miles across the region, preventing me from getting through.
So, I flew along the Cannon River Valley from Cannon Falls to Red Wing and marveled — again — at the way rivers tend to go wherever they want to go, despite our best efforts. Read more →
The rising tide at Fairview and Hwy 36
We suppose by now we should just accept as a given that when it rains, you should be nowhere near Fairview Avenue beneath the Highway 36 overpass.
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Reporters standing in water
Flooding is causing nightmares for the people of Pine and Kanabec counties in Minnesota.
The only good news is we’ve got new additions to our growing scrapbook of TV reporters who think they have to stand in water to tell you about it.
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And now a Minnesota moment of nature
Six inches of rainfall in six hours raises this question about life in Minnesota: Would you rather have a foot of snow, freezing temps and a dry basement? Or summertime temperatures, rain, and soggy carpet? Again. Read more →
Here’s why we’ll be seeing more stories from sad homeowners in the face of rising seas and stronger storms — a government policy that helps them make the same poor decision disaster after disaster. Read more →
With drought, Red River residents have short memory
When the Red River was flooding in 2009 (and again in 2011), you didn’t hear a lot of complaining about plans to divert the river around the cities on the glacial lake bed — not when every volunteer in the state was racing to Fargo-Moorhead to help sandbag.
Now, it’s getting harder to find someone who likes the idea.
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Drones — quadcopters — are certainly earned their stripes as tools of news gathering and storytelling.
The latest example comes from Houston where Bryan Rumbaugh has posted some pretty amazing footage he took today of the flooding there. Read more →
How does ’14 flooding compare to recent disasters?
The initial flood damage tally for last month’s water world in Minnesota has been pegged at $32 million. How does that compare to past disasters? Read more →
Pilot Gary Bipes of Hector went for a ride over the New Ulm area last evening to get a look at the flooding after a week of rain. Read more →
Mississippi River flooding: Here’s how it will look
Of course, with more rain, predictions will change. But for now, it’s more of a nuisance than a disaster. Read more →
The threat of copycat kayakers
Does a picture of a professional kayaker going over Minnehaha Falls make you want to do the same, likely plunging to your death? Read more →
Flood misery is a kayaker’s dream
Sometimes a flood gives us the opportunity to look at the half-full side of things. Read more →
How to drive through standing water
First, let’s acknowledge that we all have heard the warnings not to drive through standing water. That said, today’s various photos provide a great chance to evaluate the worst way to do what you’re not supposed to do in the first place. People blast through, apparently figuring if you go through really fast, all the Read more →
With schools out, it’s a tough time to fight a flood
The flooding comes at a bad time. In the spring, the schools are in and the supply of young people with strong backs is inexhaustible. Not so in late June. Read more →
Why we drive through standing water
We know how tempting it can be to believe your car can get through a little standing water so we’re giving a woman on I-90 near the South Dakota border the benefit of the doubt. Read more →