More sandbagging planned in International Falls

  • Associated Press
  • June 16, 2014 - 10:45 AM

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. — More sandbagging is planned in the International Falls area of far northern Minnesota to protect homes from rising waters on Rainy Lake and the Rainy River.

Koochiching County sheriff's dispatcher Rich Rud said Monday that the water has risen to within 4 inches of the tops of the sandbag dikes and is expected to rise another foot.

The flooding has left many residents' docks under water, as well as docks at Voyageurs National Park. Rud says no damage assessments have been done yet.

Heavy rains over the weekend aggravated lake and river levels that were already swollen with spring snowmelt.

Residents had filled 50,000 sandbags as of Sunday. Highway 11 west of International Falls remains closed due to flooding.

International Falls is about 300 miles north of Minneapolis.

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