UPDATE: Friday 7:27 a.m.

The city is littered with debris from yesterday's storms, but all Northfield roads are clear this morning, according to Deputy Police Chief Chuck Walerius.

The city Streets Department is working to clear a fallen tree on one road, but it is still passable, he said.

The Cannon River, according to a rain gauge at the Safety Center, rose three feet since yesterday morning, but has this morning receded by a fraction of an inch.

Northfield received 5.88 inches of rain Thursday, according to the Carleton College's weather database.

Storms could develop again over night, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS is forecasting a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, saying "New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms."

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Northfield was hit by torrential rainfalls Thursday afternoon, causing flash flooding, which submerged many primary routes through the city and stranded many vehicles in the flooded roadways.

By 7 p.m., reports were coming in of stranded cars and flooded intersections across Northfield. Police were dispatched to put up barricades and rescue drivers who found themselves in areas of standing water with cars that refused to move.

"We're calling in officers early," said Northfield Deputy Police Chief Chuck Walerius.

Northfield public safety departments banded together, with the water department finding flooded streets and intersections and the fire department responding to medical calls as well as other needs.

"The fire department has been responding quite a bit to fire alarms that have been set off by lightning," Walerius said.

The police department responded to at least 10 stranded cars by 8 p.m., according to Walerius. They towed out all but one or two of the vehicles from the standing water. Walerius urged people not to drive into water if they don't know how deep it is.

Certain roads were barricaded off once they flooded over, including Wall Street Rd. by the Northfield Golf Club and Hwy. 19 going east of town past Carleton College.

Other roads that were observed being closed due to water overflowing creeks and ditches were Woodley Street near Heywood Drive, Kellogg Avenue outside of Northfield off of Hwy. 19 and Spring Creek Road near the Northfield Golf Club.

"We need it to stop raining," Walerius said.

No official rain amounts were available, but one observer in Northfield said it had rained more than 7 inches by 7:45 p.m.

— Allison Roorda


In the end, one weather watcher in Northfield said it was more than 7 inches. Whatever it was, was a lot of rain. And from the sounds of it as of 7:45 p.m., it's still not done.

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Managing Editor Jaci Smith can be reached at 333-3134. Follow her at Twitter @FDNJaciSmith

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