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Published April 25, 2013, 06:58 PM

Grafton prepares for potential near-record flooding

Temporary clay dikes are going up in Grafton as the community prepares for what could be near record flooding of the Park River. And just to the south in the town of Minto people are filling sand bags to protect their homes as well.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

Temporary clay dikes are going up in Grafton as the community prepares for what could be near record flooding of the Park River. And just to the south in the town of Minto people are filling sand bags to protect their homes as well.

It's just the beginning to what might be a major battle and the people there are going in with more uncertainty than with floods of the past.

For these Minto high school students filling sandbags is almost a school tradition.

Lucas Mondry: "About once a year we just volunteer for it. "

The plan is have 5,000 sandbags on hand because the Forrest river could reach ten feet here.

Sam Shutt, Minto Public Works: "It goes over a lot of the people's permanent dikes that they have down there.

Mike Gerszewski is one of those people. The coulee right behind his home which drains into the forest river is the threat.

Gerszewski: "From the highway right to the house. I have a dike around the side of the house but I don't think it's going to hold to ten feet. "

In a few days the Minto students will start stacking those bags they filled today at Mike's house. Ten miles to the North in Grafton, sandbags won't cut it.

Emergency Manager Brent Nelson says this much snow this late in the year will most likely bring the park river up to at least 15 feet. The Army Corp of Engineers are building up and putting in temporary clay dikes running several city blocks on the north and south ends of town.

Nelson: "The east side levys are around 16 feet. They are looking at potentially adding a foot the top of those."

Nelson says there is still a lot snow in the fields in the surrounding counties that has to enter the rivers.

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