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Torrential rain damages homes in Minnesota

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:00

June 20 - Minnesota declares a state of emergency as heavy rainfall damages several homes and cars, and officials warn that floodwaters could be contaminated. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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The aftermath of torrential rains in Minnesota Thursday. Flash floods have damaged homes and cars -- and washed out roads around the Twin Cities. Rivers and lakes are rising. SOUNDBITE (English) UNIDENTIFIED MINNESOTA RESIDENT SAYING: "A lot of people could fish from their couch the water is so close." The Governor of Minnesota has declared a state of emergency. Officials warned that the flood waters could be contaminated. SOUNDBITE (English) HENNEPIN COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIAL, DUANE HUDSON SAYING: "Pesticides, petroleum products -- anything that's on the surface of the streets is going to end up in these flood waters." Minnesota wasn't the only state hit by flash floods. In South Dakota, the National Guard was called in to help with sandbagging, as the Big Sioux River reached record levels. Back in Minnesota, residents are hoping for some relief. SOUNDBITE (English) UNIDENTIFIED MINNESOTA RESIDENT SAYING: "When's the rain going to end, I guess, is the main question." The rain is expected to let up Friday, though flood warnings remain in effect.

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Torrential rain damages homes in Minnesota

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 01:00