T-storm brings flooded streets

Published 6:30 pm Friday, July 15, 2011

A Hyandai fords high water Friday evening on East Main Street near the junction with Clark Street. Many streets in Albert Lea faced high water due to a severe thunderstorm. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

A severe thunderstorm struck Freeborn County and surrounding counties Friday evening, drenching the ground and causing streets in many cities, including Albert Lea, to flood.

Cars on East Main Street near Clark Street and West Main Street near St. Mary’s Avenue had to drive through high water. Other typical high water areas quickly filled the streets.

A Pontiac is stranded in the high water near Morin Park at St. Mary's Avenue and West Main Street on Friday night. -- Tim Engstrom/Albert Lea Tribune

Slowly moving black clouds to the west around 3 p.m. delivered rain in Alden by 3:30 p.m. and within a half hour it was raining in Albert Lea, too. The automated weather station at the Albert Lea Municipal Airport says the storm dumped 1.64 inches of rain in the hours from 3:45 to 6 p.m.

Three girls play in the water on Euclid Avenue in Albert Lea on Friday night during a severe thunderstorm. -- Tim Engstrom

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The National Weather Service had issued a flood watch for Freeborn,

Faribault, Waseca, Steele and many other counties in southern Minnesota. The statement said to expect continuing rain Friday across the region. The flood watch was in effect through Saturday morning. People were advised to take caution in low-lying areas and flood-prone streets.

An excessive heat watch took effect Saturday afternoon and will run through Wednesday. People are advised to drink extra water and stay in air-conditioned rooms when possible.

About Tim Engstrom

Tim Engstrom is the editor of the Albert Lea Tribune. He resides in Albert Lea with his wife, two sons and dog.

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