Sudden overland flooding in rural Minnesota town was a close call for some

It was a sudden close call for some in Wilkin County, Minnesota. Overland flooding dominated a few roads in the small town of Foxhome before vanishing in an instant.

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FOXHOME, Minn. — The tide turned quickly outside Lisa Hought's house in rural Foxhome, Minnesota.

Hought said she woke up on Tuesday, April 11, to her backyard filling with water, jokingly calling it Lake Hought.

As water began surrounding her home in Wilkin County, she went into town to pick up a few things. By the time she got back, the roads leading to her home were partially underwater, blocking parts of her driveway.

Thankfully her home is built high up so there was no water damage for her family to contend with. She told WDAY News the floodwater vanished quickly, mostly gone by nightfall.

"We haven't had flooding like this for years, it's been a few years," Lisa Hought said. "I don't think we've had this much snow in quite a while."


Flooding conditions in the small town roughly 15 miles east of Wahpeton, North Dakota, were a lot worse on Tuesday when water from fields went gushing over county roads. Remnants from that overland flooding could still be seen the next day.

As neighbors described it, the snow melt is now soaking straight into the ground. Conditions are much better than what county emergency management expected. The fields, still soaked on Wednesday, make a nice temporary home for the swans.

As for how this will impact crops, farmer Calvin Hought said he is not worried.

"The snow is melting fast, it's dissipating quickly, I don't think there's going to be much frost in the ground," he said, adding he hopes to get seeds in the ground much earlier than last year as the dry soil soaks up the snow melt.

Wilkin County Emergency Management urges residents to not attempt driving through closed roads or through overland flooding. Highway crews are still out, looking for potential flooding issues in Wilkin County.

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