MANKATO, Minn. (AP) -

Officials at a children's museum in Mankato say they'll have to throw almost everything out after the stored items were inundated with storm water.

Heavy rains last week sent a 6-foot flood of water through a warehouse storing exhibits, equipment and furniture belonging to the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota.

Museum director Peter Olson tells KTOE-AM that because children touch and play with the interactive displays, there is no way to safely clean items inside and out. Olson says almost everything will have to be thrown out.

Olson says the museum does have insurance, but he learned it will not cover flood or water damage. All of the museum's displays and office furniture were in storage because a new museum is being built in downtown Mankato.