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Warroad Prepares For Potential Flooding

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  Folks in Warroad, Minnesota are bracing for potential flood waters from Lake of the Woods.  Heavy rains across northern Minnesota in recent days have pushed Lake of the Woods to its highest level in 20-years.

  Crews are putting concrete barriers in place around what’s called the Point in Warroad. A clay dike will be built between the concrete barriers. Officials are worried that high winds could cause a storm surge that would flood the City.

Ron Kleinschmidt, City of Warroad: “We get surges here in Warroad. If we get a northeast wind they say anywhere from 5 to 8-inches, it will raise the level… just the wind action.”

Reporter: “Five to 8-inches?”

Kleinschmidt: “Yep.”

  The problem stems from flooding on Rainy Lake and record levels on the Rainy River that haven’t been seen in 85-years. All that water dumps into Lake of the Woods.

Wade Steinbring,Chief of Police: “But, we’re taking precautions. We’re putting up the barriers here, we’re going to put clay behind it, basically have a dike system along the Point.” 

  Warroad was flooded by a high lake level and storm surge in 1950. Officials say they have to prepare now, because it takes a long time for the lake level to drop.

Steinbring: “Because we don’t expect the Lake to drop soon, we could be here a month, 2-months, so we need to prepare now for some of these storms that do pop up.”

  Officials also plan to sandbag some low lying areas around  Warroad.

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