Grafton prepares for Park River crestThe town of Grafton is preparing for its it second major flood of the year. The Park River is expected to crest at 16.5 feet which would be second highest level the town's history.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
The town of Grafton is preparing for its it second major flood of the year. The Park River is expected to crest at 16.5 feet which would be second highest level the town's history.
I'm told the Park River at Grafton has come three feet just today. But there is no panic there as systems are in place to wait out yet another flood.
It was just a few weeks ago that Grafton had its fourth highest flood on record when the Park River reached just over 16 feet. Now the city has called the dike walkers back as the river is expected to even go higher this time around.
David Stark: "Look for cracks in the clay where it has been built up and pulled away a little."
Since the temporary clay dikes were still up from the spring flood, Grafton will only have to redo some road closures to prepare.
Brent Nelson, Walsh County Emergency Manager: "Sandbagging to make sure our elevations are up there."
Nelson says this flood will be a little different because the ground is not frozen, which could cause more damage in rural areas.
Nelson: "Instead of just the gravel washed off they are doing a lot of cutting because there is no frost or protection.
The growing frequency of flood in Grafton has city official asking for federal and state funds to build a 45 million dollar diversion project.
Chris West, Grafton Mayor: "From what we can spend we can do a lot of good, not only for Grafton, but the farm community around us."
West says the diversion would save the mess and could even save dollars long term, as it costs about 200,000 dollars to put up the temporary dikes.
West: "It was going to cause the citizens of Grafton another 400-thousand dollars from what we are doing right now to mitigate this flood issue, and to take down the rest of this."
The Governor was in Grafton today to meet with city officials, where the mayor told me he was going to push the diversion idea.