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Published March 20, 2010, 06:06 PM

Senator Al Franken Visits Minnesota Cities Dealing With Flooding

Franken says spring flooding in East Grand Forks has been handled well, but that cities like Oslo need more help.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

Minnesota Senator Al Franken says the Red River rise in East Grand Forks is a "non-event". He stopped there and in other cities like Oslo and Moorhead that are also dealing with flooding. He says spring flooding in East Grand Forks has been handled well, but that cities like Oslo need more help. He says more needs to be done to help the town, which was completely surrounded by flood waters last year, and looks to be for two to three weeks again this year.

In East Grand Forks, city leaders showed him the Invisible Flood Wall. Franken says although the flood fights in some of the larger communities are going smoothly, it's important to help the smaller ones as well.

Sen. Al Franken/(D)-MN: "We have to find a way not only to do these large mitigation projects, but also to solve the water problem in the whole valley."

Franken says solving the problem will likely involve some form of retention and storage.

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