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Rising waters slowed by the cold and snow

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Rising waters slowed by the cold and snow
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

CLARA CITY -- A return to sub-freezing temperatures gave area flood fighters a reprieve, but worries remain about the additional moisture held in the 6-12 inches of snow and slush that now blankets the landscape.

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Volunteers completed additional sandbagging Tuesday but faced no imminent emergencies Wednesday morning. Clara City Administrator Windy Block said Hawk Creek appears to have come down by about 6 inches from Tuesday.

Hawk Creek's flow through Maynard remains high, and the community is being forced to bypass some of the inflow at the wastewater treatment plant. The city's lift station is still struggling to keep up, according to Steve Miller, public works director.

The water, however, has not risen to the point where sandbagging is necessary.

That's also true in Dawson, where the Lac qui Parle River has slowed its rise.

The Minnesota River has not caused major problems in Montevideo or Granite Falls, although city officials in both communities continue to watch it closely. The river is still projected to crest next week at levels similar to last year.

The cold weather has definitely helped slow the rise of the river, noted Marv Garbe, emergency management director for Chippewa County. "It's holding its own,'' he said.

Garbe and others are hoping for a couple more days of cold then a slow shift to dry and warm conditions.

A new flood forecast is expected from the National Weather Service in Chanhassen later this week.

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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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