For the second time in about a week, heavy rains pummeled our area, causing flooding.
Byron was one of the hardest hit cities in the area, with 4.34 inches of rain from the Friday storms, according to the National Weather Service in La Crosse, Wis.
The Friday flooding occurred a week after waves of thunderstorms dumped up to 7 inches of rain in parts of Dodge County and near Rochester.
An area southeast of Mantorville received 4.23 inches of rain Friday after 5.5 inches fell in the same area a week earlier.
In Rochester, firefighters rescued a man trapped by flooding in Kutzky Park Saturday morning.
A passerby saw a man sleeping on a picnic table that was surrounded by rising flood waters and called for help at about 7 a.m.
Firefighters responded with crews and a boat downstream in Cascade Creek as a precaution. Firefighters waded through the water in protective gear, helped the man into an inflatable raft and walked him to dry land.
The tennis courts in Kutzky Park were under water, the city of Rochester closed all recreational trails due to flooding, and West River Parkway was closed between Elton Hills Drive and Third Avenue Northwest on Saturday.
Firefighters also assisted Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputies in the Salem Corners area south of Byron for flooding.
Flood warnings at Cascade Creek and the South fork of the Zumbro River — where 3.37 inches of rain fell — remained in flood stage through most of Sunday.
Drier conditions are expected the next few days with rain chances returning Tuesday.
“We don’t have a long dry period,” said Molly Aufforth, National Weather Service meteorologist. “It’s just been on and off.”