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Record rainfall ripped open hillsides in Minnesota

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN

HOKAH -- The rain kept falling, the hillside quivered like a big bowl of Jell-O, and 63-year-old Tom Powell spotted something he had never seen before.

The hillsides gave out on either side of his house, shooting mud and pine trees toward the place where Powell has lived his entire life.

"It looked like little geysers coming down the hill," Powell recalled as he stood amid the mud and wreckage Monday at his property in far southeastern Minnesota.

Powell's story is just one of hundreds spawned by the granddaddy of recorded rainfalls in Minnesota: A National Weather Service gauge near Hokah reportedly had 15.1 inches when it was measured Aug. 19, beating by over four inches the previous state record for a 24-hour rainfall.


<---The remains of a house sit on a hillside near Hokah, located in far southeastern Minnesota. Hokah got a state record 15.1 inches of rainfall in 24 hours on Aug. 18-19.

<---Vehicles buried in mud in HokahThese vehicles in Hokah, in far southeastern Minnesota, remain buried following recent flash flooding. Hokah received a state record 15.1 inches of rain over 24 hours the weekend of Aug. 19.Matt Russell/Post-Bulletin
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