Rain causes problems for Rochester, Mayo

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Rain poured over our area Thursday morning, but some wound up with more problems than others.

Part of the Mayo Clinic was flooded as part of the flash flooding and cleanup efforts are underway as the storm gave the Charlton Building a little more than it could handle.

Bryan Anderson, a Mayo spokesperson, tells us, “…heavy rains caused some flooding in the subway level and lobby level…”

Those problems stretched over much of downtown Rochester, impacting those with Thursday’s on First and 3rd.

“The weather this morning in Rochester was unexpected and unannounced and unwelcome, so we had a conference call immediately, checked in with emergency folks and decided that we were a go,” said Jon Eckhoff with the Rochester Downtown Alliance.

Which caused a bit of a hectic morning for vendors.

“It was a condensed setup, but we were fortunate, by the time we get to this part of the season, the vendors, they know what to do. So we were able to set up in a much shorter amount of time,” Eckhoff said.

He said their problems are minor compared to Mayo’s.

Some patients who use the Charlton Building were forced to come up with a plan-b.

“Patients scheduled for morning laboratory tests at the Charlton Building or appointments at Charlton Subway Desk R were redirected and some appointments were rescheduled,” Anderson said.

As the cleanup efforts roll along, Mayo said they hope to have everything back to normal as soon as possible.

“At this point, most of the water has been removed, but subway access is expected to remain limited until early Friday morning. Ongoing cleanup is expected for the next one-to-two weeks with minimal disruption to patients,” Anderson said.

Although some of the issues were a bit more minor than others, unexpected is the way to sum up the weather.

Mayo does ask that patients and staff avoid the affected areas if possible until the clean-up work is complete.

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