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Downpour swamps parts of county

By Staff | Oct 28, 2016

“Where were you when the hurricane hit?”

That was what one Faribault County resident asked on Wednesday morning, after a night of rain, wind, thunder and lightning hit the area on Tuesday evening.

Up to four or even five inches of rain struck, beginning right during the first quarter of the Blue Earth Area vs. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial playoff football game, causing the game to eventually be postponed to the following night.

Construction work and fall harvest by farmers came to a halt after the storm.

Plans to stripe the newly constructed Main Street in downtown Blue Earth, set for last Wednesday, were postponed.

It is the last item to complete before the two blocks are officially re-opened. However, county engineer Mark Daly said on Wednesday there is a chance it still could be completed by the end of this past week.

It is also possible that the street could be opened, then closed again later for the striping of parking places and crosswalks, he reported.

Work on the Main Street bridge is also going to be slowed as the Blue Earth River starts rising again.

Farmers had been cruising along with fall harvest, but now that is being delayed until things dry out.

One county farmer reported having just two more days of harvest work before it would be complete.

Now he is not sure when those final two days will happen, with the fields turning to mud.

The city of Delavan was hit especially hard, with five inches of rain, causing flooding around and in the small city. City workers were running pumps to keep water out of the sewage lines, and residents reported lots of wet basements.

Weather forecasts for the weekend showed better weather ahead and decent weather on Monday, Oct. 31, for Halloween and the Buccaneers’ next playoff game, set for that night in Mapleton vs. Maple River.