Twelve to 17 inches of rain lashed northwestern Minnesota June 9 and again June 23, flooding hundreds of homes and businesses, destroying plantings and fertile land, and severely damaging several ELCA congregations and parsonages.
The torrent rapidly drove the Roseau and Wild Rice rivers above their banks and flood dikes, affecting an area 135 miles by 30 to 50 miles wide, washing out bridges and ripping ravines — as much as 30 to 40 deep — across roads, which isolated rural residents. Reports of diseased cattle and herds without feed have begun to come in.
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