Watershed watching the flooding areas

sb jumped banksCongressmen Collin Peterson took an interest in the flooding situation in Minneota on Thursday.
Mike Weckwerth, Asst. Administrator of the Yellow Medicine River Watershed District kept Rep. Peterson abreast of the situation by sending him some photos.

Here are three of the photos, which include a road retention project which was installed about three years ago.  It was designed to hold back water and slowly release it downstream.  sb under waterThe intake where the water is going into is approximately 25-30 feet above ground level.

As you can see, there is quite a bit of water being held back to help.

The other photos are showing the South Branch of the Yellow Medicine River as it enters into Minneota.  The river jumped its bank and is flowing towards the dike on the West side of town.avflooding

Emergency declared in Ghent

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By Becca Kolden, Special to the Mascot

GHENT, MN—At approximately 9 a.m. on Thursday morning, the village of Ghent officially declared a state of emergency. Flooding occurred around a majority of the perimeter of the city, over the bike trail as well in several homes.
"Right now we're working on getting the sandbags dispersed to the homes that have requested then and also have at the lift stations, said Village Administrator/Clerk Dawn Vlaminck.

One of the residences on the south side of town was being threatened by water as sandbaggers went to work.


Rain continues, problems worsen

Updated at 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24bags

By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher

In Minneota, sandbaggers gathered yesterda morning and were filling 2,000 sandbags that were already on hand. "We're trying to get more," said Mayor Tony Esping.eric

While they are not sure what areas to sandbag first, they are worried about the dike near Hope Lutheran, about the bridge on Hwy. 10 just northeast of Minneota and some other areas.

Highway 68 was also being threatened and word is they may be sandbagging Highway 68, which would cut off some of the daily traffic.

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