Major flooding in Comfrey after heavy weekend rain

Heavy rain has caused significant flooding in the community of Comfrey
Published: May. 13, 2023 at 11:15 PM CDT|Updated: May. 15, 2023 at 11:31 AM CDT
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COMFREY, Minn. (KEYC) - Heavy rainfall in southern Brown County has caused major flooding on the south side of Comfrey. County highway 17 is closed through town as the Comfrey EMS and community members work together to prevent further damage. According to Doppler Radar estimates and several official rain reports, between 4 and 9 inches of rain fell across much of Brown and Watonwan Counties over the weekend, leading to widespread flooding.

Sandbags are being placed around apartments in town to keep the water from entering homes. Some KEYC News Now viewers have reported concerns about the lift station, which may be having difficulty keeping up with the amount of water, potentially leading to sewer backup in some homes.

Remember, never drive across a flooded roadway. Floodwater can conceal dangerous debris, wash out roadways, and create unexpected currents, making it nearly impossible to safely navigate through. In fact, it only takes as little as six inches of water to cause a vehicle to lose control and stall. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternate route.

FEMA officials are monitoring the situation closely.

We have a crew in Comfrey covering this developing story. Stay tuned to KEYC News Now for updates.