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ALBERT LEA, MN – The heavy rains have raised water levels to new heights for the month of June especially in Albert Lea.
This weekend’s rounds of severe weather left many towns across north Iowa and southern Minnesota with heavy rains and flooding in major streets.
Lakes in Albert Lea like you see here overflowed along banks but despite the rising waters, many actually took the opportunity to enjoy the high water from safe and not-so safe distances.
Though many of the areas have since been blocked off.
“The water has definitely been rising in Albert Lea. We have a lot of streets, some that tend to flood and other streets that don’t flood as often are under water now. The streets that are busier streets are all barricaded off with signage that the roads are under water,” said Lieutenant Darren Hanson of the Albert Lea Police Department.
Laurie Severson of Albert Lea says she’s seen her fair share of flooding in the past and knew what to expect this morning
“Yeah, I knew we were gonna get more water. It was pretty much before this pole and we knew it was gonna be up more by today,” said Severson.
“It just tough, you can’t plan for every can be done storm and this here is just unseasonably wet. Not a lot we can do to get that water elsewhere. Except be patient,” said Hanson.
Considering the circumstances, residents are being very patient.
In fact some are even excited by the rising water, taking the opportunity to go fishing and even meet up with loved ones.
An odd twist of events, but Lieutenant Hanson still has a warning for those taking the fun too far.
“Albert Lea is pretty fortunate, we don’t get the flooding that many places have, but never drive through standing water. Two things, you don’t know how deep it is and you don’t know what the current is. So if there’s standing water, don’t drive around the barricade, just turn around,” said Hanson.