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Thursday, July 25, 2024

City of Windom flood update, July 8

Water levels are still going down. The Des Moines River in Windom measured 20.02 feet at 9:15 a.m. Monday, meaning the river is now in a “minor” flooding stage. Cottonwood Lake and Perkins Creek also have seen water visibly receding.


Once the river measures below 17 feet, Windom will be below “action” flooding stage. Any rain events could still drastically change water levels locally. The Emergency Operations Center in Windom recommends that sandbags remain in place until the area is out of the “action” flooding stage, which is currently projected to be around July 20. If sandbags are moved sooner, they should be neatly placed on the curb to ensure that they are still available in the event of further flooding.

Debris Management

The Cottonwood County Debris Dump Site at Windom Area High School will be open through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. July 13 will be the last day of the dump site at the school. Users are reminded they will need to show proof of residence.

The county landfill will continue to be open normal hours, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Damage Assessments

FEMA will be conducting a local visit to Windom this week to preliminarily assess damage to private property. The purpose of this visit is for local officials to show the need for Individual Assistance to be available to property owners.

As you are cleaning your property, please ensure you are retaining pictures of any damage and debris. This is important for insurance and assessment purposes. Damage assessments are ongoing both in Windom and throughout the County. These are important for showing the extent of damage throughout the area. If you’d like to report your water damage using your phone or other device, there is a simple virtual report/survey at https://arcg.is/1KSXPf  Cottonwood County residents (outside the City of Windom) are invited to use this virtual report to report damage. Printable forms are available on the City of Windom website or on the Cottonwood County website.

Please submit one of the two reports, in your preferred method (if you have not already).

Water Conservation

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

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