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FLOODING

With more rain forecast, sandbagging resorts and businesses try to stay open amidst record flooding.
The Rainy River watershed is overflowing from Lake Vermilion to Lake of the Woods, with flood records possible.
The declaration will allow the county to qualify for state, and possibly federal, assistance for governmental entities.
Some 200 lakefront properties are in danger.

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Ranier residents sandbagging homes and cabins as lakes and rivers flood over their banks.
Authorities warn people against trying to drive through flowing water.
Rainy River watershed has seen rapid snowmelt, record rains in recent weeks.
“The rain events that used to occur every 50 or 100 hears are now happening every 10 years or even more frequently,” said Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Katrina Kessler. “It’s not just once in your lifetime, it’s three or more times in one decade that you’re having to think about impacts on local resources as well as infrastructure and homes.”
High water from melting snow is doing a number on roadways.

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