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Crookston Could Face Another Flood Fight

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  It's not expected to be as big as past years. But, it appears Crookston may also have another flood fight on its hands.

  It's the Red Lake River that can threaten  Crookston, before making its way to the Red River at East Grand Forks. Most Crookston neighborhoods are now protected by a system of flood walls and levees. However, there are still two areas where permanent levees have not been completed, including downtown Crookston.

 Mike Macdonald, City of Crookston: "Obviously, we don't know how the snow melt is going to happen. But, the way things are looking right now, there's a pretty good chance we'll have to sandbag in there."

   A second problem area is along Riverside Avenue, where there's still no permanent flood protection. Homeowners, who live in the area could once again find themselves throwing sandbag to keep the Red Lake River out of their house.

Kevin Hendrickson, Crookston: "Well, it's been a couple of years since we had to worry about it. So, we've been through the routine before. I'm smiling now, but check with me in a couple of weeks."

   At this point, there's about a 50-50 chance they'll need to sandbag in Crookston, as in previous years.

Mike Macdonald: "Yeah, it's likely we'll have to ask the Community to come in and help. Again, a lot depends upon what happens between now and when it decides to warm up."

  Macdonald says if they have to sandbag, they can probably wrap up everything that needs to be done within 2 days.

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