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Flood Warning for Traverse County, Minn.

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Minnesota has issued it's first flood warning in Traverse county located just south of Wheaton. As of Monday evening no homes or farms were threatened by rising water, but a few roads are closed. Valley News Live traveled to Dumont, Minnesota to show how the town is preparing for what may come.

In Dumont Minnesota the 100 people living here are usually the first to see what the spring flood is capable of bringing. Orville Vollmers, the City Maintenance Manager for Dumont explains, "well we're here at the base of the Red River Valley at the continental divide so our water starts going north. I guess if we have water going north, I know where it's going."

Much of it will eventually make it to Fargo. The 12 Mile Creek was dry before the melt began. Like much of Traverse county. Vollmers says it wasn't long ago when 12 Mile Creek looked like other bodies of water in Traverse, "Traverse Lake is way down, Mud Lake is almost empty."

As of Monday afternoon Traverse county had three township roads closed due to flooding. At the western part of 12 Mile Creek the water has risen about 6 feet since Saturday! But Orville says they can deal with this if mother nature cooperates. "If we get 6-8 inches of heavy wet snow or 1/2 inch of warm rain the outlook is gonna change drastically." Says Vollmers.

Not like they haven't dealt with a scenario like this before. Like most in the Red River Valley 97' and 01' were both tough springs. But for the time being, getting prepared and staying optimistic is probably the best medicine.

Vollmers says hopefully the town of Dumont can get some luck, "maybe the creek will come up two more feet... Worst case scenario, the way things are going right now. But like I said it depends on this system we're anticipating tonight."

Numbers are constantly coming in but as of Monday at 5 PM 12 Mile Creek has risen nearly 9 feet since Saturday. Tonight the city of Dumont plans on prepping some one-thousand sandbags just in case. They say hopefully they won't need them and can hand them off to a city that does.

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