Mora Braces For Second Historic Flood in Two Years

July 12, 2018 10:25 PM

Heavy rain and flash flooding Thursday raised concerns in Mora, the East Central Minnesota city that also battled flooding from the Snake River in 2016.

Kanabec County Sheriff Brian Smith said at one point Thursday, the Snake River was rising two feet an hour. He said it was very reminiscent of a similar situation two years ago to the day. 


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"It kept rising and rising and made me more nervous," said Daryl Gravning, a Mora resident. 

"It was pretty devastating for everybody, we were very fortunate we didn't lose our camper," said Pam Petersdorf, who visits a Mora area campground every year.

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Petersdorf and her husband are making Mora a summer destination for the 14th time.

"We've always had the spot down there," she said. "I wouldn't give it up for anything, regardless of flooding." 

But she recalls two years ago when the same campground was underwater.

"Yeah, where you see the water right now, oh no no no, the water during the flood was up here," Petersdorf said. 

Gravning, meanwhile, was keeping a close eye on his backyard. He too remembers how close the Snake River crept towards his home in 2016.

"The Snake River does rise quite a bit," he said.

Which made people anxious Thursday. 

"We're worried that we're going to end up with the same," Smith said. "This is looking very similar to two years ago to this date."

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The city received between 6 and 10 inches of rain Thursday morning.

"That Snake River Valley and all of its tributaries are affected by this rain," Smith said. 

So now it's wait and see for those living or staying along the Snake when it comes to whether or not this will be another flood to remember. 

"I'm a little more used to it now," Gravning said. "You learn to deal with it."

"No matter the water, everybody has a good time and we'll be back down," Petersdorf added. "As soon as the water leaves, we'll be back down." 

Smith said sandbagging has already started, and recommends more people follow suit.

He said the biggest question is where the Snake River is going to peak, which is why authorities are keeping a close eye on the water. 



Brett Hoffland

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