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Rounds of thunderstorms brought heavy rain to parts of southeast Minnesota and west central Wisconsin during the early morning hours of August 11, 2016. Rainfall totals were 4 to 8 inches over a several county area that led to flash flooding and mudslides.

All the rain and associated flooding caused extensive damage to many area highways and secondary roads, including damage to culverts and bridges. Gaps in roads formed from all the washouts and many roads were closed. There were even rescues and towns that became "islands" surrounded by rising waters.

Axis of heavy rain (estimated by radar) from August 11, 2016
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