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Published February 15, 2011, 06:08 PM

Crookston Beginning Flood Fight Soon

Officials stress need for purchasing insurance
People in Crookston will begin throwing their first sandbags in the next few weeks. While it might seem a little early to start putting down sandbags, the city wants to be ready for an early crest.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

While the first week in March might seem a little early to start putting down sandbags, the city wants to be ready for an early crest.

The city will start the sandbagging effort March 1st, beginning in the neighborhood near the old Crookston arena.

"Last year, it was actually the second week of March when we were actually dealing with the event. By waiting until the first week of March we are about as close as we want to be to what the probable occurrence is," Crookston Community Development Director Mike MacDonald said.

This flood-prone neighborhood was part of a tour Tuesday that was given to Minnesota Commerce Commissioner Michael Rothman.

Crookston Mayor David Genereux told visiting Minnesota Commerce Commissioner about the home buyouts that have taken place for future flood protection.

"To come up here personally, to see the town and see the people see where people live and get our message out," say Rothman

That message is: if you think you may need flood insurance, don't wait any longer since there is a 30-day waiting period for the insurance to take affect.

"Now is the time to start looking at whether you should need additional flood insurance or further protection," Rothman said.

Crookston will be working on protection by piling sandbags three feet high, and adding freeboard in case there is an ice jam. Something the Red Lake River around Crookston is known for.

"Once it does you can get a significant rise very rapidly in the neighborhood of two to five feet," Crookston's Fire Chief Richard Rock said.

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