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A man works to clear a street drain during a break in the heavy rains Wednesday afternoon in Hastings. -- RiverTown Multimedia photo by Chad Richardson

6/20/2012: Update: Flash flood warning issued for Red Wing and Hastings area

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Red Wing and Hastings area that remains in effect until 9:30 p.m. tonight.

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The warning includes Goodhue, Dakota and Rice counties. The Cannon River was rising quickly, authorities said this afternoon. That river and the Little Cannon River overflowed in Cannon Falls last week.

Rain was falling at a rate of 1 to 2 inches midafternoon.

Specific cities that could see flooding include Red Wing, Cannon Falls, Dennison, Stanton, Wastedo and Welch in Goodhue County. The weather service also said Miesville, Nerstrand, New Trier, Northfield and Randolph are at risk.

The governor issued an executive order around 4:30 p.m. declaring a state of emergency following storm damage in eight counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Dakota, Goodhue, Lake, Rice and St. Louis.

The state of emergency allows for emergency vehicles to transport supplies and materials to the affected areas and the activation of the Minnesota National Guard as needed.

The State Emergency Operations Center continues its activation and coordination of emergency assets to local jurisdictions.

Parts of Goodhue County experienced 8 or 9 inches of rain Thursday June 14. Additionally, smaller rains between that storm and today's storm have compromised ditches and roadways.

Excessive runoff will cause flooding of small creeks and streams. Authorities urge people to use extreme caution when near water and while traveling county roads.

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