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Piers in the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway bridge over the Chippewa River in Benson increase the possibility that ice and debris could jam and cause flooding. Plans are in place to take action if it appears jamming could occur once the spring melt begins. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

City of Benson prepares for flooding, just in case

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BENSON -- A project in the 1950s to straighten the Chippewa River channel at Benson made the threat of spring flooding a problem of the past for the Swift County community.

Or did it?

"There's a certain conviction out there that we haven't had it before and likely won't have it again. But sometimes, you come up with snake eyes,'' said City Manager Rob Wolfington.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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