Storms damage southeast Minnesota

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May 20, 2013 at 10:59 am

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. (AP) A powerful band of storms with strong winds and heavy rain uprooted trees, flooded roads and caused structural damage in southeastern Minnesota.

Some residents in the Olmsted County community of Stewartville headed for the basement Sunday when the wind started to pick up.

One property owner says the storm snapped more than three dozen trees. In St. Charles, the Person family farm sustained significant damage. Heavy wind blew part of the roof off the barn and caused other damage.

Residents in Spring Valley worked to build sand bag barriers overnight as heavy rain caused localized flooding. Some schools were delayed by 2 hours Monday morning, including Le Roy-Ostrander and Southland public schools, because of flooding.

In Mower County, part of Jellystone Campground is flooded with campers surrounded by water.

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