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Published March 19, 2010, 08:41 AM

Rivers rising in New Ulm, but homes still safe

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) - The Cottonwood and Minnesota rivers at New Ulm are rising faster than once thought, but city officials still don't think homes are in danger.

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) - The Cottonwood and Minnesota rivers at New Ulm are rising faster than once thought, but city officials still don't think homes are in danger.

The Cottonwood River is now forecast to crest at 15.2 feet Friday afternoon, more than four feet above flood stage. The Minnesota River is predicted to hit 802.4 feet Friday night, more than six feet over flood stage.

Nonetheless, New Ulm Street Commissioner Tom Patterson tells the New Ulm Journal that if the river hits 802 feet, some residents will see water from their windows but there shouldn't be any structural damage.

The Cottonwood River already has run over Cottonwood Street on the south side of New Ulm and several roads are closed in rural Brown County.

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