Cannon River rises, floods businesses, homes near Northfield

10:37 PM, Jul 13, 2013   |    comments
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NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Heavy rainfall totals south of the Twin Cities metro area forced the Cannon River near Northfield to rise about 8 feet overnight.

The raging waters were evident after just a few hours of torrential heavy rains on Saturday morning. The river is being fed by local farm fields and tributaries and the water has been lapping at businesses that sit along the river bank.

Volunteers were sandbagging Northfield's river walk trying to keep the water away from businesses not yet flooded.

The efforts were too late for owners of Froggy Bottoms Pub. The wall separating it from the Cannon River is lower than it is for most of the city, so when owner Laurie Hoheisel arrived at 9 a.m. there was standing water throughout the bar.

About 20 to 25 volunteers were able to pump out the water and sweep out the flood waters. Owners are hopeful the sandbagging efforts will prevent more flooding in the days ahead.

"We have a lot of sump pumps, and I have a lot of people who are helping me out so it will be fine," Hoheisel said.

In Dundas, residents were feeling the pain of the heavy rainfall.

"I was just enjoying the storm because I love storms and all of a sudden I come out here the water is over the road," said homeowner Nina Davidson.

Never has Davidson seen a storm do what it did in her neighborhood Saturday morning. Around 8 a.m., the water rose so fast, that within 15 minutes; it was 7 feet high in her basement.

"We were trying to haul everything up we could in two minutes," said Davidson, who was standing in her driveway full of wet, muddy furniture.

She said they were only able to rescue a computer and a television.

The flash flooding also punched a hole in the wall of her neighbor's home and carved out a sinkhole by the tracks near the back of her house.

The sheriff evacuated 12 people from 3 homes, many of them via boat.

As of Saturday evening, the Cannon River had receded a few inches.

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