Earth News: Minnesota, USA
March 15, 2007
Melting snow and ice forced the evacuation of about 100 people early Wednesday in the small town of Browns Valley on the western edge of the state.The National Weather Service reported flooding hit the town from two sides early Wednesday -- from the ice-clogged Little Minnesota River from the west, and overland flooding from the north."It came down pretty fast," said technician Glenn Nielsen at the weather service office in Aberdeen, S.D. He said downtown wasn't affected.A massive ice jam squeezed the Little Minnesota River, forcing it out of its banks. Ice jams form when river currents force ice chunks to pile up and restrict water flow.Residents said it happened very, very fast. One minute it was in the garage, the next it was up the steps.