Grafton Prepares For Possible Major FloodingThe Park River runs right through the city of Grafton, and city leaders say that this year Grafton is on the verge of major flooding.
The Park River runs right through the city of Grafton, and city leaders say that this year Grafton is on the verge of major flooding. The city of Grafton is at risk for major flooding this year. The city is facing a fifty percent chance of having a record flood this year and this has area residents worried.
Richard Sevigny/Grafton: "I'm concerned about it I think that if the snow doesn't melt gradually we're in for a big problem here."
On Monday the city council is voting on whether or not to get the Corps of Engineers to help them start to build levies. But the city already has a flooding plan in place.
Milo Einarson/City Administrator: "We are planning to build temporary levies around the river, close off the park, as well as the west end of town."
The city has already started filling sand bags in preparation for the flooding and is ready for possible road closures. Area residents say the city is has been doing a great job over the years to prevent major flooding, but some would like to see something less temporary.
Rosemary Sevigny/Grafton: "I would like to see a more permanent solution. We have a lot of dike building around the neighborhood every year when we do get flooding, seems like a lot of money put into something temporary, so I would like a more permanent solution."
Residential areas are just feet from the banks of the Park River, and the city is looking to the residents to keep Grafton above the rising water.
Milo Einarson/City Administrator: "We also need the community to be aware of what's going on and to help out, to volunteer when we need volunteers. When the water isn't coming up the streets it seems business as usual, but we need the community to pull together, which I'm quite sure will happen."
City officials say it's important for residents to stay up to date on water levels and to begin preparing.