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Published September 25, 2010, 11:57 AM

Focus of Minnesota flood fight shifts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials say the focus on the flood fight Saturday includes Blue Earth, Wabasha and Watonwan counties.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials say the focus on the flood fight Saturday includes Blue Earth, Wabasha and Watonwan counties.

In Blue Earth County, St. Clair is asking residents to avoid using water, including toilets and drains. High water on the LeSueur River is causing the sanitary sewer system to fail. Authorities are responding to the city's request for 50,000 additional sandbags.

In Wabasha County, Hammond and Zumbro Falls continue to report heavy flooding. Residents have been evacuated from both cities as the Zumbro River continues to rise.

In Watonwan County, crews in Madelia are sandbagging around four homes to protect them from the rising Watonwan river.

The Minnesota National Guard has 134 soldiers supporting flood efforts throughout southern Minnesota.

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