Sunday, September 26, 2010

Southern MN Floods

For those of you not from the area, or those of you from the area, but with your heads in a hole, last week areas in southern MN were hit with 8-11 inches of rain in a 24 hour period. My parents' farm had at least 10 inches fall, which flooded the nearby corn fields, their driveway, and quite a few of the roads east of the farm. The water was so deep that they could only drive a large tractor through it. They eventually hauled a couple of pickup trucks through the water (using the tractor and a trailer) to be parked at the end of the lane, and then proceeded to use a small row boat to cross their "moat" to get on and off the farm. Although there wasn't much anyone could do except wait for the rain to stop and the water to recede, David and I headed down Friday afternoon to do what we could to help. We stopped by the farm, took a few pictures, then took the rowboat up to the farm itself. Since we couldn't do too much on the farm to help, we all headed down to the cabin (which is on a lake about 20 minutes away from the farm) to help get the boat and dock out of the rising water. Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the entire dock out, but made a big enough dent that my parents should be able to pull the remainder out fairly quickly. As we were leaving town yesterday morning, it was raining again and the driveway to the farm was still unpassable. Here's hoping the rain stays away for awhile so that everyone down there can dry out - and start harvesting the crops they can salvage.

Hauling trucks across the "moat." (These first two images were taken by my mom, on the day of all of the rain.)

Heading out to do chores.

The driveway.

The flooded fields.

The view of the road, from the driveway.

Our boat ride up to the farm.

1 comment:

J-Funk said...

That's horrible! Although Mia looks like she enjoyed the boat ride. I hope they didn't lose ALL the crops. I'm glad it worked to haul the trucks across so they could at least get out. What a mess!