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(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) -- Back-to-back storms in Minnesota prompted evacuations and an emergency declaration from Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday.
Torrential rain caused flash flooding, damaging an estimated 1,000 homes in Mankato, south of Minneapolis.
"Insurance isn't going to even scratch the surface," said area resident Brian Fowler.
In other neighborhoods, officials ordered floodwater to be pumped into a nearby lake. At the University of Minnesota Medical Center, a mudslide caused a chunk of the land nearby to give way, threatening the facilities.
Dayton declared a state of emergency in 35 counties, making state resources available for citizens. In addition to financial aid, the governor directed Minnesota's National Guard to send 100 soldiers to Koochiching County to assist in affected areas.
"We've shown that we know how to respond to these disasters and learned from them, in ways that will reduce the severity of the next crises," Dayton said.
Still, there is concern that the state's emergency fund of $3 million may dry up depending on flooding damage.
"We'll deal with it and we have great response teams in the city and the county and then the state, and we'll do what we can to the very best of our abilities," the governor added.
Some roads reopened Friday, but flooding problems continue in areas like St. Paul, where residents are scrambling to find an alternative site for the Taste of Minnesota, one of the state's biggest festivals.
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