Farms drying out after Saturday's deluge of rain

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NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Rice County roads and homes are drying out after as much as five inches of rain fell on Saturday morning, but the cleanup is also affecting farmers.

"It's amazing the power of water," said Becca Carlson, a farmer at Seeds Farm in Northfield. "It rose several feet in just a few hours."

Carlson's Farm is in its fourth year supplying local residents and restaurants with fresh produce and providing community garden space. They've had high water before, but Saturday's rain event was the worst flooding they've seen.

The rising water overwhelmed a nearby culvert system leaving up to 5 feet of water over several acres of crop.  It also damaged the farm's greenhouse building.

"It proves you don't have control over everything," says Carlson. "Mother Nature will prevail."

Carlson estimates about $8,000 in damages.

It was a wet weekend across Rice County.

On Saturday, three homes were seriously affected by flood waters in the town of Dundas.

In Northfield, an apartment complex was evacuated and a business was flooded.

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