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Torrential rains fall in the upper Midwest, causing flooding and mudslides throughout Minnesota. (Source: KARE/CNN) Torrential rains fall in the upper Midwest, causing flooding and mudslides throughout Minnesota. (Source: KARE/CNN)
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MINNEAPOLIS (KARE/CNN) – In Minneapolis, an entire bluff came crashing down along the banks of the Mississippi River, creating a massive hole below the University of Minnesota Medical Center on Thursday.

The collapsed hill fell onto a roadway that runs along the Mississippi River. Employees in the building that sits on the bluff were evacuated, but officials say hospital buildings where patients are remain safe.

Days of pounding rain have saturated much of the upper Midwest, leaving hundreds of homes flooded.

"It's everywhere, and that's what makes it complicated to assess all the damage, but it's all part of one storm system," Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said.

Across the region, people living in flood prone areas are working around the clock, building walls of sandbags to protect their comes.

The big concern now is rivers that are expected to crest several feet above flood stage in the coming days. In many areas, neighbors are helping each other prepare.

"We're really close so it's kind of like another block parts, except maybe a little less fun," one resident said.

"I've seen the resilience of the people of Minnesota, and what you see every time you go to these things is Minnesotans helping other Minnesotans," Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, said.

And in a bit of irony, Gov. Dayton visited parts of southern Minnesota on Friday that he had originally planned to visit due to drought conditions on farms. He's now declared 35 counties disaster areas due to flooding.

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