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The shocking video, posted on Facebook by Donny Ehlenfeldt, shows that several cows are swept early in the morning in the wild Zumbro River near Oxbow Park

Shocking moment a herd of cattle is swept away in a raging river amidst floods in Minnesota – and more than a dozen of them are found alive on a hill TWO miles away

  • A herd of about 40 cows was swept into the Zumbro River early on Friday morning
  • Dramatic video shows the bobbed beef pulled downstream by the torrent
  • Cows are usually good swimmers and at least 17 were found alive downstream
  • But the rest cannot be explained and rescuers cannot reach them during floods
  • Southeastern Minnesota was crushed by heavy rain, causing the river to swell
  • The National Weather Service says the dangerous weather will continue
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A herd of about 40 cattle was swept into a wild river in southeastern Minnesota on Friday after torrential rain had caused the area to rain overnight.

The cows were pulled by the Zumbro River around half past five in the morning near Oxbow Park, north of Byron, told Olmsted County sheriff, Kevin Torgerson. NBC News.

A dramatic video posted on Facebook allows some of the animals to flow quickly downstream into the stream, their heads up for air but often submerged in the turbulent waters.

The shocking video, posted on Facebook by Donny Ehlenfeldt, shows that several cows are swept early in the morning in the wild Zumbro River near Oxbow Park

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The shocking video, posted on Facebook by Donny Ehlenfeldt, shows that several cows are swept early in the morning in the wild Zumbro River near Oxbow Park

The video shows some of the cows from a herd of around 40 being swept downstream with their heads up for air

The video shows some of the cows from a herd of around 40 being swept downstream with their heads up for air

The video shows some of the cows from a herd of around 40 being swept downstream with their heads up for air

The herd was owned by Bob Eustice, who told it FOX 9 57 they were swept away from his farm near the Zumbro river.

Torgerson said about 15 cows were found alive on a hill above the river, more than two miles south of where they were pulled.

Two more were found further downstream.

The owner said the 27 other cows, including calves, are still not listed.

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Cows are good swimmers and can float for several kilometers, but tired cows drown.

& # 39; Like any serious flood situation, & # 39; said the sheriff to NBC, & # 39; we cannot reach them until things calm down. & # 39;

About 15 cows were later found alive on a hill above the river more than two miles south of where they were pulled. Two more cows were found further downstream. But the fate of 27 other cows is still unknown

About 15 cows were later found alive on a hill above the river more than two miles south of where they were pulled. Two more cows were found further downstream. But the fate of 27 other cows is still unknown

About 15 cows were later found alive on a hill above the river more than two miles south of where they were pulled. Two more cows were found further downstream. But the fate of 27 other cows is still unknown

The owner of the herd, Bob Eustice, said the cows were wiped away from his farm when sudden floods hit the area

The owner of the herd, Bob Eustice, said the cows were wiped away from his farm when sudden floods hit the area

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The owner of the herd, Bob Eustice, said the cows were wiped away from his farm when sudden floods hit the area

Cows are good swimmers and can float for several kilometers, but tired cattle drown

Cows are good swimmers and can float for several kilometers, but tired cattle drown

Cows are good swimmers and can float for several kilometers, but tired cattle drown

The National Weather Service predicts Saturday & # 39; dangerous weather & # 39; for the region.

& # 39; Floods will continue tonight in parts of Southeast Minnesota, & # 39; said the service.

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Up to eight inches of rain fell overnight in parts of Olmsted County, which was under a flash flood warning until 9 am Friday.

Some cows are visible in the river. Heavy rain swelled the river

Some cows are visible in the river. Heavy rain swelled the river

Some cows are visible in the river. Heavy rain swelled the river

A local Facebook user posted this photo of her flooded horse pasture on Friday. Southeastern Minnesota was crushed by torrential rains overnight

A local Facebook user posted this photo of her flooded horse pasture on Friday. Southeastern Minnesota was crushed by torrential rains overnight

A local Facebook user posted this photo of her flooded horse pasture on Friday. Southeastern Minnesota was crushed by torrential rains overnight

The Olmsted County Emergency Service shared this photo of County Road 103 East or Oxbow Park and said: & # 39; Make sure that if you see water over or on a roadway, don't drive through it & # 39;
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The Olmsted County Emergency Service shared this photo of County Road 103 East or Oxbow Park and said: & # 39; Make sure that if you see water over or on a roadway, don't drive through it & # 39;

The Olmsted County Emergency Service shared this photo of County Road 103 East or Oxbow Park and said: & # 39; Make sure that if you see water over or on a roadway, don't drive through it & # 39;

Many roads were closed due to flooding and power outages were reported around the Dodge, Olmsted and Fillmore counties.

& # 39; Make sure that if you see water over or on a roadway, you are not driving through it. Several roads are still closed, & # 39; the Sheriff & # 39; s Office of the Olmsted County warned on Facebook.

& # 39; Turn around and find an alternative route. & # 39;

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