(WCCO) A huge rainstorm swamped parts of southeast Minnesota overnight, forcing evacuations throughout the area.
Early reports also said people were missing in the high water and mud slides.
The Winona County Sheriff's Office was asking people to move to St. Mary's University.
Marc Sluhrer, a witness, said he saw mud covering roads in the Winona and Stockton areas. He said he also saw a sheriff's deputy who had been going to the scene to help get overwhelmed by high water. The deputy then had to be rescued.
Sluhrer said he also saw people standing on rooftops, waiting to be rescued. He said highway 14 in the Stockton area was closed.
Another witness called WCCO to report that his entire basement was flooded and that the main floor of his home was starting to be overwhelmed by the high water.
Officials Ordered Evacuation of Stockton, Elba, and White Water Valley Area
Residents of Elba and the White Water Valley area were asked to evacuate to St. Charles.
here are reports of homes washed off their foundation in Stockton, and Newschannel 8 had received calls of people stranded in their homes.