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Tom Dobbs of St. Paul takes shelter beneath an umbrella Thursday as he walks from his car to the administration building at the Ridgewater College campus in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams
Tom Dobbs of St. Paul takes shelter beneath an umbrella Thursday as he walks from his car to the administration building at the Ridgewater College campus in Willmar. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

For most part, area escapes madness to south

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Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

MONTEVIDEO -- Heavy rains kept public works crews on the run throughout the region to keep sanitary sewer systems from backing up into basements, but no major problems were reported.

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There were some cases of localized flooding, but overall Montevideo did not experience any serious flood problems, according to Greg Schwaegerl, public works director, when reached late Thursday.

He said crews kept pumps running and responded to problems.

Chippewa County sent its sandbagging machine to Steele County to help emergency crews there.

Public works crews in Granite Falls stayed up through the night manning pumps to keep the sanitary sewer system from backing up into basements, according to City Manager Bill Lavin. He said they responded to only one report where sanitary sewage was beginning to back up in a basement, and were able to stop it.

Evidence of how much water arrived with the storm system could be seen on the monitors at the city's wastewater treatment plant. At this time of year, a 24-hour period normally sees 300,000 gallons of flow. The last 24 hours brought 1.372 million gallons.

As was the case throughout the region, some homeowners reported seepage from groundwater into basements, Lavin said.

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Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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