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100 caught off guard by flooding in Minnesota as NWS and Fox News downplay flood potential

100 people, many of them elderly, had to be evacuated from their homes in the early AM hours on March 14, 2007 at Browns Valley, Minnesota.
Record high temperatures on March 13, 2007, rapid snowmelt and ice jams led to the flooding. Flood warnings are now in effect for about a dozen counties in southern Minnesota and west central Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, National Weather Service (NWS) officials and Fox News staff in the Twin Cities are downplaying chances for above flood stage on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A NWS official, interviewed by Fox News this morning at the NWS office in Chanhassen, MN, downplayed chances for above flood stage on the Mississippi River in Minnesota and Wisconsin saying that rainfall was not in the forecast.

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