Here’s why you shouldn’t drive through floodwaters
People cannot possibly still be oblivious to the carnage from driving distracted, yet people still drive while texting. For decades, authorities have warned drivers not to try to go through standing water, and people keep driving through standing water and become the poster children for additional warnings not to do it.
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Flooding brings out our best selves
From the look of things, there’ll be plenty of grief accompanying the flooding around Minnesota; that’s the nature of floods of course. Things go underwater, our commutes require detours and more time, possessions are lost, the mold grows in the basement and who’s got time for any of this, anyway? Read more →
A gift from a flood: free beer
The river gives and the river takes away. Sometimes it gives you free beer. Read more →
What the coming flood might look like in St. Paul
The predictions sound dire for downtown St. Paul as the water from around the state pours into the Minnesota River and other tributaries before it dumps its stash into the Mississippi and makes its way to the cities. Read more →
Anderson Cooper, the CNN host, is pushing back against those who are saying he didn’t cover the conditions of Hurricane Florence. Read more →
Given the comparative scarcity of rain in the Twin Cities and our metro-centric ways, the amazing flooding in southeast Minnesota and southwest Wisconsin is almost happening in secret.
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Keep this in mind, Minnesota. Your flood season is coming. Read more →
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 →