A slow-moving thunderstorm in Cottonwood County Monday morning has left water on roadways and forced the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning until 12:45 p.m. today.
The storm covered much of the county from the Talcot Lake area through Storden and Jeffers to areas between Mt. Lake and Comfrey. Initial estimates of upwards of three to four inches of rainfall in less than a two-hour time span were reported.
Cottonwood County Emergency Management reported that because of the heavy rainfall, there may be roadways in rural parts of the county that are covered with standing water, or possibly running water. One particular area of concern was County Road 4 in the area just north of County Road 3, south of Jeffers.
Emergency Manager Paul Johnson noted that if drivers notice water moving over the roadway, the best advice is to stop and turn around, rather than drive through. Johnson also encouraged the public to provide rainfall reports, as well as damage reports from Monday’s rainfall.