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Thursday, July 25, 2024

City officials offer more positive news at evening meeting

It appears there is more positive news to report regarding local flood-related efforts, both long-term and short-term.

Here are a few notes from this evening’s city meeting:
• The Des Moines River is slowly receding, however officials strongly encourage people to keep their sandbags in place as any rain can lead to a rise in water levels.
• Sandbags will be picked up after the river levels fall below “action” stage of 17 feet. This is expected to be well after the 4th of July.
• City officials are working on a temporary housing and storage plan. Details will be coming in the next few days.
• The debris drop-off site is taking more and more debris. Over 100 residences have utilized the drop-off site and more have gone directly to the landfill. Residents are asked not to leave any debris on the ground, it all has to go into the roll off dumpsters. Also, if the site is closed, do not drive around the cones. The instructions are attached.
• In an effort to reduce Cottonwood Lake levels, a 4,500-gallon-per-minute pump is pumping water from Warren Pond to Warren Lake. Authorization was given by the Minnesota DNR.
• The Army Corps of Engineers was in town today looking at the temporary levees that were built near Island Park. City officials discussed with them a permanent project to better protect homes and businesses in that area during future flooding.

Watch www.windomnews.com and the Cottonwood County Citizen as more information becomes available.

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