East, Central Minnesota Towns Struggle With Flooding Damage
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) - Parts of east-central Minnesota are still trying to cope with floodwaters and subsequent damage nearly a week after torrential rains fell across a huge swath of the state.
Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith tells reporters that communities flooded one at a time, starting with Ford Township and then Knife Lake.
The Snake River rose to historic levels in Mora, flooding homes and ruining campsites on Fish Lake shores. Local volunteers are working to clear away some 20,000 sandbags as floodwaters drop.
The Snake River feeds into the St. Croix River, which also rose to high levels this week. Smith says that downstream from Mora, Grasston is still well above flood stage.
Dam flows at Taylors Falls on the state border rose to 10 times the seasonal average.