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The Chippewa River offers a scenic setting as it meanders along the Smith Addition and Lagoon Park in Montevideo. Its flood-swollen waters topped the banks and flooded more than 100 homes in the Smith Addition and threatened the city's water pumping station. Montevideo has since removed 130 homes in the community that were in the areas most vulnerable to flooding. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Montevideo gaining ground in flood mitigation

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MONTEVIDEO -- Flood waters that rose faster than anyone expected in April 1997 brought anguish and heartbreak that lasted longer than anyone could have imagined.

More than a hundred homes and dozens of businesses were flooded in Montevideo and those affected faced a long, difficult road in rebuilding their lives.

And yet, city officials called it a miracle that no one was seriously injured or killed in the flood of 1997.

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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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