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Sewer shut off to Smith Addition in Montevideo as Minnesota River rises

MONTEVIDEO -- As had been expected, the city of Montevideo shut off sanitary sewer services to homes in the Smith Addition on Tuesday as the Minnesota River rose towards a second crest.

The National Weather Service is predicting the river will reach a 20-foot crest today in Monte -video. The river reached 19 feet on Tuesday, the level at which the city needed to shut off sanitary sewer service to the Smith Addition and Forest Avenue.

The city is not requiring residents to leave the affected areas, and most are remaining. The city has set up port-a-potties at the two locations.

The city is still taking a day-by-day approach on whether or not to erect a clay dike on U.S. Highway 212, according to City Manager Steve Jones. At the current projection of a 20-foot crest, the city is hopeful of avoiding the costs of a temporary dike.

The Weather Service increased the expected crest at Granite Falls by an inch or two on Tuesday. It now expects the river to crest late today or early Thursday in Granite Falls at 892.9 feet, or just shy of what's officially the moderate flood stage.

The rising waters on the glacial-carved overflow channel that skirts the city's west and south sides have gone over the road at Bootlegger's Supper Club, located west of the city. Proprietor John Berends said Tuesday he expected to be closed for a day or two, but would not decide until sometime today whether to postpone plans to host a Granite Falls Arts Council dinner theater performance on Friday night.

U.S. Highway 212 between Granite Falls and Montevideo remains closed, as does Minnesota Highway 67 south of Granite Falls to Yellow Medicine County Road 44.

At this point the city of Granite Falls does not believe it will need to erect a temporary barrier between the Minnesota River and homes along Prentice Street south of the former City Hall, according to City Manager Bill Lavin.

Tom Cherveny

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

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