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Thursday, July 25, 2024

City of Windom Flood Update, July 1

Update from the City of Windom Mayor Dominic Jones

The Des Moines River at Windom is measuring currently at 22.87’ and is forecasted to continue decreasing steadily. There is a slight chance of severe weather expected tonight and the Emergency Operations Center will continue to monitor the situation overnight. With saturated soils and potential strong winds, there is a risk of tree damage and uprooting.

Landfill/Dump Site Hours

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 ongoing at the Windom Area High School west parking lot and is currently open 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM daily. The Cottonwood County Landfill is open normal hours from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Both locations will be closed Thursday, July 4 for the Fourth of July holiday.

If there are any changes to debris management hours, those will be announced as soon as possible on the Cottonwood County Emergency Management Facebook page and through outlets like KDOM and the Citizen.

Roads

River Road is now re-opened. MN-60 westbound to Worthington will be re-opened later today. County Road 62 and County Road 14 at the intersection with 13 will be re-opened later today as crews complete road repair.

Damage Assessments

Property owners should retain pictures of all damage and removed debris. Damage assessments are occurring throughout the community by the Red Cross and City of Windom staff. We recognize that this is a vulnerable time for many property owners to allow assessment of their property. However, these assessments are necessary for the County to apply for FEMA to offer Individual Assistance funds to property owners. We appreciate your assistance with getting aid to you and your neighbors. The Red Cross assessors wear red vests identifying themselves.

Sandbags

Sandbags must remain in place. Sandbags are contaminated and should not be repurposed for personal or commercial use. Sandbag disposal plans will be forthcoming.

Water Conservation

Water conservation remains important. The community has been doing a great job on this continued need so far. We appreciate your commitment to helping conserve water!

Public Assistance vs. Individual Assistance

Cottonwood County has been approved for Public Assistance. The County awaits response on Individual Assistance which is an additional process. For a breakdown on the difference between these two FEMA programs, see the attached graphic

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