RUSHFORD, Minn. - Across southeastern Minnesota, surreal sights greeted the weary residents who returned to water-logged homes hoping to retrieve pets or medicine.
Orange Xs marked buildings that had been searched for survivors. Canoes lay in the streets. At a campground in, picnic tables hung from trees.
Storms in theand the Plains over the weekend flooded streams and roads, caused a sewage treatment systems to overflow in and left one town temporarily cut off in . At least 20 people died in three states, six of them in .
The remnants of Tropical Storm Erin swamped buildings in, leaving six dead there. In , eight deaths were blamed on the storm, and authorities were scrambling to recover before 's heavy rain slaps the state.
More storms on Monday brought wind gusts of up to 82 mph and golf-ball sized hail to. Trees and power lines were down and substantial street flooding was reported in Fremont and . Thousands of people were without power.