Mora, Surrounding Communities Continue to Battle Rising Floodwaters

July 16, 2018 07:44 PM

Gov. Mark Dayton is vowing to provide help for Minnesotans left dealing with flooding from recent heavy rainfall. Monday he toured Mora, Carlton and surrounding areas hit by high water.


In Mora, the main concern had been the Snake River as recently as last weekend, but now attention has turned to Mora Lake.

"It was a huge surprise," homeowner Jamie Stevens said, describing flood waters that she was able to fend off until Sunday morning when the sandbags she and her husband set up gave way, and the water rushed in.

"It's gonna cost us a fortune to get all of this fixed, but you know, it's just what it is," she said.

Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith said that since last Thursday, this community has filled more than 8,000 sandbags and the county highway department has run out of 'road closed' signs twice. He estimates there's been more than $500,000 worth of damage just to county roads, and that figure doesn't include city and township roads or property damage at all.

"There's no natural outlet for Mora Lake so it all just stops there," the sheriff explained, adding, "it's causing a lot of issues."

"The lake was going up like an inch an hour, Mora Lake was, and now it has closed Highway 65 through town and it's backing up," Smith said. "It has closed three streets in the city of Mora, and it's into the storm sewer system and possibly the wastewater system, which is overwhelming Mora's wastewater plant." 

RELATED: Kanabec County Continues Fight Against Flooding

State officials said FEMA will conduct a damage assessment of Kanabec County, Pine County, and surrounding areas on Thursday.

Dayton said he's confident the region will be eligible for federal disaster relief funding.


Josh Rosenthal

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