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Published March 01, 2010, 04:24 PM

EGF Preparing For Flood

Flood officials in East Grand Forks met this morning for the first time this flood season and want to be ready early.

Flood officials in East Grand Forks met this morning for the first time this flood season and want to be ready early.

The biggest concern was when the three bridges would close. Mayor Lynn Stauss says to wait as long as possible. He says the bridges being closed cut a lot of business off from restaurants and stores costing thousands. The plan is to close the Demers Ave. Bridge at 43 and half feet, the Point at 40, and the Kennedy at 52.

They'll begin to move snow and ice out of the way now to make the week and a half process of putting up the barriers easier next month. Another major problem is the camp ground.

" They have to take out all the electrical equipment, we have to make sure that's safe the infrastructure down there. But as far as the dry side down there our biggest problem is making sure the pump stations are all working."

East Grand Forks will not fill sand bags this year they say they don't need them. It will be the responsibility of rural residents to get their own.

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