March 20, 2019 03:03 PM
Some Minnesota pro sports teams are stepping in to help the Prairie Island Indian Community with flood preparations.
Representatives of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Minnesota Wild and the St. Paul Saints joined sandbagging efforts Wednesday, working alongside tribal communities.
“It wasn’t even an ask," Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson said. "It was something we absolutely wanted to be here and be a part of.
"I think that camaraderie and collaboration you feel amongst teams and organizations and folks in the community, I think that’s what makes this such a special state.”
The Prairie Island Indian Community is located in the Mississippi River flood plain, and tribal leaders believe flooding is very likely, potentially within the next week. It could impact homes, businesses and Treasure Island Resort and Casino.
Hundreds of volunteers are expected to take part in the massive flood prep effort, which kicked off Tuesday. Volunteers filled 15,000 sandbags to bring down to several large berms built near the water.
“We brought our public works and road supervisors team to assist the small community we live in as native people," said Percy Benjamin of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.
The sandbagging efforts are expected to last through at least Thursday.
Updated: March 20, 2019 03:03 PM
Created: March 20, 2019 03:02 PM
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