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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Update on flooding, morning of June 26

Update from City of Windom Mayor, Dominic Jones
• The Des Moines River appears to have crested at 25.01 feet. The elevation level of the crest is 1354.01 feet. The river will remain very high for days, as water elevations are not changing much upstream.
• Sandbag operations at the Windom Recreation Area parking lot have ceased.
THANK YOU to everyone who contributed to that effort. We still have sandbags on hand in case more rain effects the river.
• The city asks residents not to remove their sandbags. There is a chance of rain later this week which has the potential to affect river elevations.
• Sandbags will be picked up after the river levels fall below “action” stage of 17 feet.
This will likely be well after the 4th of July.
• As we have reached crest, efforts are turning toward monitoring and recovery. The Emergency Operations Center has been in contact with state and local officials regarding damage assessments and volunteer/donation management.
• Plans are in development regarding financial donations.
• The debris drop off site instructions are on the Cottonwood County website https://www.co.cottonwood.mn.us/. The drop-off site for Windom residents is at the Windom Area High School west parking lot.
• We recommend you document all damages to your home and business through photographs. Measure the high water mark inside your home or business with a tape measure.
• The detours on Highway 60/71 remain in place. Do not drive around barricades.

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