This was on Facebook Monday -- we haven't seen the news release from Hubbard Broadcasting, but we'll get it and have a full story today:
Congratulations to the owners of ABC 6 News; Hubbard Broadcasting. They inked a huge deal to build a brand NEW state of the art TV station coming to Rochester! ABC 6 will be located behind the TJ Maxx Plaza off Highway 52. They will also keep the current Austin location to cover Austin, Albert Lea and north Iowa. It's been in the works for several years and today they pulled the trigger. It's a huge investment for our station and our community. Can't wait to see all the new changes coming!
If all true, it's a big deal in the Rochester media world.
Rumors have abounded that Wabasha is under water. And as with most rumors, this is completely false. The Wabasha businesses and attractions are open and ready to welcome you. Our Main Street is not flooded and our parks are dry and beautiful. Our river may be a little high, but it has not rolled into the town or hampered the wonderful going-ons in Wabasha. The National Eagle Center is still holding shows with the lovely Harriet. Lark Toy’s is still churning out fudge which is much needed after playing their new re-greened mini golf course. Music is still being held under the bridge this Friday with Seven Rivers Jazz Band (free of course). Strawberries are ready to be picked and fish are ready to be caught. And life in the bluffs is the same as is it every wonderfully, gorgeous day… dry and perfect. So grab your favorite flip-flops and head on down, over, up to Wabasha. We promise your toes will stay dry!
Temporary lane closure on eastbound Interstate 90 for crash cleanup
ROCHESTER, Minn. – Motorists will encounter single-lane traffic in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 90 this morning as cleanup continues where a semi tipped over in a crash in Winona County, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The crash occurred around 12:55 a.m. and is approximately 11 miles east of the St. Charles area. The right lane is closed near the crash scene in the eastbound lanes.
The State Patrol is on the scene and investigating.
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PARTS OF NORTHEAST IOWA...SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA AND SOUTHWEST INTO CENTRAL WISCONSIN.
.DAY ONE...THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT
FLOODING AND RELATED DAMAGE CONTINUES IN PARTS OF NORTHEAST IOWA... FAR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA...AND INTO PARTS OF WESTERN WISCONSIN. MANY ROADS HAVE WATER ACROSS THEM...SOME MUDSLIDES HAVE BEEN REPORTED...ALONG WITH FLOODED BASEMENTS.
WHILE A FEW ON-GOING THUNDERSTORMS WILL BRING A BRIEF HEAVY RAIN AND LIGHTNING RISK TO NORTHEAST IOWA AND NEIGHBORING AREAS EARLY... FOCUS IS ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF MORE STORMS TO THE WEST THIS AFTERNOON. THEY WILL APPROACH THE AREA HEADING INTO THE EVENING AND WILL BRING ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAIN AND WIND GUSTS.
THE THREAT FOR SEVERE WEATHER OUTSIDE OF FLOODING IS HIGHEST WEST OF INTERSTATE 35 IN MINNESOTA AND IOWA.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY
CHANCES OF THUNDERSTORMS...MAINLY DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS...CONTINUE FOR FRIDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. WHILE SEVERE WEATHER DOES NOT LOOK LIKELY FRIDAY OR SATURDAY...THERE COULD BE A RISK SUNDAY DEPENDING ON WHERE THE STORMS TRACK.
GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY: NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVATED, EOC MOVES TO FULL ACTIVATION
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton today declared a State of Emergency in 35 Minnesota counties following recent storms and flooding. The Executive Order makes a wide range of state resources available and engages state agencies in response efforts.
The Governor is also directing the Minnesota National Guard to send 100 soldiers to Koochiching County to help in storm affected areas.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) is fully activating the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC). The SEOC has been partially activated this week in response to flood and storm-related conditions across northern and southern Minnesota.
“We’re ramping up our efforts to help communities across the state that are dealing with storm damage and high water due to the recent heavy rains,” said Kris Eide, HSEM Director. “The state’s emergency operations center is in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas and we are coordinating the state’s response as directed by the governor’s State of Emergency.”
A full activation of the SEOC occurs when there are significant impacts from an event over several or large areas of the state. Storms that have caused flooding and other damage began on June 11 and are continuing; the National Weather Service is predicting additional rain for regions that are saturated or are experiencing rising river and lake levels.
State agencies are now in the SEOC to closely monitor conditions around the state and respond to resource requests from local emergency managers.
Counties in the State of Emergency include; Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hubbard, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Koochiching, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, Saint Louis, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd, and Waseca.
Today's weather has cancelled Thursdays on First but nothing will delay the demolition of the historic Chardonnay house, apparently -- the wrecking ball has arrived, metaphorically, and we have a photographer headed over there to see if it's swinging.
Actually, a witness says it's a bulldozer, and that the property owner is smashing down the back of the house, where the kitchen was located.
What a loss to the community, and an appropriate symbol for the state of Rochester's heritage preservation efforts.
We're continuing to work sources in the Adams area regarding reports that a part of the school's roof collapsed under heavy rains last night. Reporter Brett Boese is nailing down details...keep an eye on Postbulletin.com. We're also in Dodge Center, where sandbagging is underway to deal with flooding there.
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTHEAST IOWA...SOUTHEAST MINNESOTA AND SOUTHWEST INTO CENTRAL WISCONSIN.
.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT
STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LOOK LIKELY THIS EVENING...ALTHOUGH THERE IS A QUESTION WHERE THE RISK WILL BE HIGHEST. LATEST TRENDS FAVOR A HIGHER THREAT ALONG AND SOUTH OF I-90...AND WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THIS IS SUBJECTIVE...BASED ON WHEN AND WHERE AN ANTICIPATED THUNDERSTORM COMPLEX DEVELOPS TO THE WEST...AND HOW IT MOVES EAST. MAIN THREAT TIME APPEARS TO BE BETWEEN 6 PM AND MIDNIGHT.
EXPECT UPDATES TO WHERE THE HIGHER SEVERE RISK WILL LIE...AND TIMING...LATER TODAY.
FOR RISKS...INITIALLY LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE EXPECTED. THE TORNADO THREAT IS MOSTLY WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. THE THREATS CHANGE TOWARD DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED LARGE HAIL LATER TONIGHT.
ASIDE FROM THESE THREATS...HEAVY RAIN IS ALSO EXPECTED...WHICH COULD RESULT IN FLASH FLOODING IF AREAS RECEIVE REPEATED SOAKINGS.
.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY
THERE WILL BE A RISK FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY...MOSTLY LATE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS.
PERIODS OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE INTO THE WEEKEND. SOME OF THE STORMS WILL PRODUCE HEAVY RAINFALL. IF LOCATIONS RECEIVE REPEATED ROUNDS OF HEAVY RAIN...FLASH FLOODING WILL BECOME A CONCERN. ITS TOO EARLY TO DISCERN IF THERE WOULD BE A SEVERE WEATHER THREAT OUTSIDE OF THE FLOODING POTENTIAL FROM THURSDAY INTO SATURDAY.