When Owatonna, Minnesota, suffered a major flood in September 2010, the historic Owatonna Power Plant — home to a couple of Owatonna Public Utilities (OPU) and water utility offices — was right in the path of the watery destruction. Sitting next to the Straight River in an isolated low point, the area collects storm water and has experienced flooding in the past. Yet the 2010 storm is when real damage to the building was done. The basement was submerged in 12 feet (3.7 m) of water, which wiped out its power-generation equipment.
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