SPRING VALLEY — A deluge of rainfall Saturday led to flooding Sunday in several Southeast Minnesota communities.

According to the Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office, several roads in downtown Spring Valley were impassible where Spring Valley Creek overflowed its banks on Sunday.

“As we know, the water is going to continue to rise downstream,” the sheriff’s office advised. “Do not attempt to drive through water over the road. Find alternative travel routes and drive safely.”

According to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, parts of Preston received 2 inches of rain by early Sunday morning, while Chatfield and Wykoff received closer to 1 inch of rain overnight Saturday to Sunday. Ping-pong ball size hail fell in western Fillmore County and flash flooding occurred in portions of Mower and Fillmore counties, the NWS reported.

In Rochester, 1.22 inches of rain were recorded between Saturday and early Sunday morning.

While no creeks showed flood gauges as hitting the flood stages, several creeks showed increased volume across Mower and Fillmore counties, the NWS reported.

More thunderstorms are expected today and tonight in Fillmore County. And while rainfall totals are expected to be less than a tenth of an inch, totals could be higher in some areas, the NWS reported. In Mower County, rainfall through Tuesday is expected to rise to two-tenths of an inch.

After a brief break on Wednesday, the forecast calls for thunderstorms Thursday through Sunday, with a 50 percent chance of severe weather on Friday.

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Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.