Southwestern Minnesota Residents Continue Cleanup After Tuesday's Floods

July 04, 2018 06:48 PM

The city of Morton is cleaning up after Tuesday’s rain and flooding.

“I’ve been here for 23 years and haven’t seen it this high,” said Mayor Rick Farmer. “The most severe area was down at the park area and across the highway over here.”


Even though the water has now drained, it was enough to cancel the fireworks show in the park.

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Farmer said they’re trying to prevent any more damage to the park.

“Plus, with the river down there we don’t want people at risk for falling into the brook or anything down there,” said Farmer.

The soaked city was still celebrating on Wednesday, moving their Fourth of July festival to higher ground. Vendors and games were set up along downtown.

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“Just cross our fingers we don't get any more rain,” said Farmer.

Elsewhere in the city, people were cleaning up.

Deb Mammen said there was about an inch of mud in her basement on Tuesday.

“And water on top of that and it just kept coming and coming,” said Mammen.

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She and her husband worked at cleaning it up until midnight.

“I just go room by room,” she said. “We knew the minute it happened we needed to get started immediately.”

They woke up at 5 a.m. Wednesday to keep going, using shop vacs and fans. There is still more work to do.

Mammen said they don’t know how much damage this storm caused.

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There was an ongoing state of emergency in effect for that part of Redwood County on Wednesday afternoon. The city is working to get relief money from the state and federal government.

“To help rebuild infrastructure, road or anything else that we've had any damages to,” said Farmer. “We need to know who has water damage or flooding in their backyards.”

He urges anyone with damage to call City Hall when it reopens on Thursday.


Callan Gray

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