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Sunday, May 19, 2024

Emergency declared for flooding

Heavy, steady rainfall much of last week has resulted in flooded fields and filled ditches and tile systems.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Cottonwood County Commissioners started the recovery process from the flooding by declaring a state of emergency to address the flooding.

Emergency Manager Paul Johnson said most of the flooding is in Selma Township, with several washed-out roadways and filled ditches.

Johnson said that much of the eastern half and the northern tier of the county had received over eight inches of rain in the past week, with the reports in the northeast corner, near Comfrey, of over 11 inches in the past week.

The emergency declaration is the first necessary step for the county to receive emergency funding from the state and federal governments.

More from Tuesday’s meeting appears in this week’s print and e-editions of the Citizen.

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