Suddenly we're an island

drivewayThe Buysse driveway was not passable as Col Road 61 (below left) was completely underway. The campaign signs show how high the water became and Buysse's new lake stretched out for a long ways (bottom).

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

When asked how he got out of his "island home", Larry Buysse shrugged and said, "Tractor."

He didn't used to live on an island — but he's surrounded by water in his rural farm home just off County Road 24 northeast of rd. 61

The waters not only swamped the Buysse driveway, but buried in water County Road 61 for about a quarter mile past the Buysse residence.

"Everywhere you look is a sea of blue," said Buysse.

True enough. The waters that rushed into the Minneota area on Thursday created a "lake" in the land surrounding his home."

Many fields covered with water

anderson 1anderson 2Wednesday-Thursday's rains inundated the area and made many fields look like lakes.

These photos by Becky Anderson are all fields East of Minneota after the rains the past two days.

Many corn and bean fields were effect as ditches and creeks overflowed during the heavy rains.

Ghent battles water


Updated 3:30 p.m. Saturday, September 25

The usually regular Welcome sign to Ghent made a reflection Thursday after rain inundated the community.

Lyon County Farm Service propane tanks had to be moved. streets flooded

residencesResidences were threated by all the water, necessitating a dike around the commmunity to protect the homes.

Some city streets were covered with water.

The community tried to sand bag but ended up building a dike around the community.

See story in this section.


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