UPDATE 1 P.M.: Sandbagging has started at several businesses along Northfield's Riverwalk, as flood waters have entered one restaurant. About six inches of water covered the floor at Froggy Bottoms River Pub at about 1 p.m. Employees were placing electrical items on shelves and bar tops. A restaurant employee said water began entering the pub before 11 a.m. ___________________
UPDATE 12:15 P.M.—The heavy rain that caused Saturday's flooding may have ended, but the problems haven't.
Here is some of the latest:
• Shortly before noon, Northfield firefighters responded to to a home along Dundas Boulevard just south of Sechler Park because a four-inch gas main has been exposed because of flooding. Xcel Energy was alerted.
• Shortly after noon, Froggy Bottoms River Pub was requesting sand bags from Northfield city officials, as the Cannon River continued to rise.
• Rice County Skywarn, on its Facebook page, was reporting that some train tracks south of Sechler Park had been washed out.
Patch will continue to update this story. _____________________________ UPDATE 11 A.M.: Several inches of rain Saturday morning led to widespread flooding in Northfield and Dundas.
The hardest hit area was along the railroad tracks in Dundas, where rising waters stranded some residents and flooded several homes and cars. Northfield Fire Department's rescue boat was on the scene and motored through the flooded area.
Law enforcement blocked streets in Dundas to keep drivers away from flooded streets.
Northfield also experienced minor flooding of streets, culverts and backyards. Jefferson Parkway reportedly was covered with flood waters at several locations.
The culprit for the flooding was heavy rain and thunderstorms that struck southern Minnesota on Saturday morning. The Carleton College weather station recorded 4.7 inches of rain between 4 and 8:30 a.m.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Northfield, effective through 2 p.m. Saturday. _____________________________ ORIGINAL STORY: Law enforcement and rescue personnel are on the scene of flooding in Dundas on Saturday morning. At least one boat from the Northfield Fire Department has been called in to move stranded residents from water-surrounded homes.
County Road 1 near the railroad tracks is blocked because of high water. A Rice County Sheriff's Department deputy was assisting a family move belongings from a home near the tracks.
According to scanner reports, Rice County road crews were being called to the area because of washed out gravel roads.