April 18, 2019 10:30 PM
Rising water has the city of Henderson preparing for flooding for the second time in just a matter of weeks.
Recent rain and snow melt is causing higher water levels on the Minnesota and Rush Rivers near the community.
On Thursday, first responders rebuilt a barrier between flooding on Highway 93 and dozens of homes.
“For some of them (the water) would be on their first floor, or at least (filling their basement),” said Tom Phillips, Henderson's emergency manager.
Phillips said the flood wall was taken down just last week.
“Everything was working great until we had the rain,” he said.
The highway has been flooded and closed for more than a month. Right now, the water is still several feet from the wall. But Phillips expects it will reach the barrier by Saturday morning.
“This time I’m hoping we get maybe eight or 10 inches against it,” he said, as opposed to the three feet they saw earlier this season.
There's now only one main road heading in and out of Henderson. Parts of County Road 6 and Highway 19 are also closed.
“People are getting frustrated,” Phillips said. “For a lot of people, if they work five miles away, it's 40 miles extra a day.”
Sibley County Commissioner Bobbie Harder helped stack sandbags.
“All three roads, when they are blocked off, it's a huge impact,” she said. “The length of time it takes to get to their jobs, if there’s an emergency it's hard for the crews to come and help, there are businesses along the scenic byway that are impacted.”
She is asking state lawmakers to assist in fixing County Road 6. Bills have now been introduced in the House and Senate to help fund the $18 million project, which would include raising parts of the road so they don’t flood.
“I am very hopeful,” Harder said of the prospect of the bills becoming law.
Phillips said the project is needed.
“Until the state gets funding to raise at least one of these roads, or at least do something with it," he said. "This is what the people have got to contend with.”
He hopes the barrier will come back down next week.
Updated: April 18, 2019 10:30 PM
Created: April 18, 2019 10:12 PM
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