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Published September 23, 2010, 06:33 PM

Pawlenty Declares State of Emergency Due To Southern MN Flooding

The order activates the National Guard to provide emergency relief and triggers an emergency response from the Department of Public Safety and other state agencies.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a state of emergency due to the flooding in southern Minnesota.

The order issued Thursday afternoon activates the National Guard to provide emergency relief. It also triggers an emergency response from the Department of Public Safety and other state agencies.

More than 10 inches of rain has fallen on parts of southern Minnesota since Wednesday and the rains continued Thursday evening. The storm has closed schools, washed out roads, flooded dozens of basements and strained municipal sewer systems.

Red Cross officials say the group has set up emergency shelters in Owatonna, Truman and Zumbrota. The Transportation Department is recommending against unnecessary travel in parts of southeastern Minnesota.

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