WINONA, Minn. - Heavy rains Friday night into Saturday morning caused mudslides and flooded streets in Winona County.
As much as six inches of rain fell.
The heavy downpours also caused a restless night for some campers staying at Pla-Mor Campground.
Instead of a hike in the woods, Jolene Peterson and friends took a hike down the highway.
"We came over to look at the mudslides," said Peterson of Oakdale.
They heard trucks early Saturday morning clearing Highway 61 of a mudslide which, according to Lt. Eric Roeske of the Minnesota State Patrol, blocked one lane of traffic until it was pushed away by road crews around 4:00 a.m.
"Oh my gosh! It rained for hours and hours and hours! It just down poured," Peterson said.
The heavy rains were nerve-wracking for Peterson and her 14 family and friends, all thankful they were staying in cabins and not tents.
Peterson's friend John Wangen of White Bear Lake said, "We took a little tour around the campground and all the little gravel roads are full of water and water is just running through."
Streams of water, you could say. It just so happens Wangen was wearing a Field and Stream hat.
"It's a fitting hat for this weekend's rain, yeah," Wangen said.
The overnight downpour also caused multiple mudslides on County Road 15 just south of Winona, pulled down a couple trees and temporarily flooded some streets in Winona and the nearby town of Goodview.
Heavy rains are not in the forecast for Winona County over the next few days.
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