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Published January 27, 2011, 09:27 AM

County leaders expect comparable rural flooding to 1997 and 2009

Breckenridge, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Small towns and townships in Wilkin County could be in trouble this spring. County leaders, with years of flood experience are expecting comparable rural flooding to 1997 and 2009. They say it could be worse in some areas.

A luxury for Wilkin County this year is its largest town, Breckenridge, is expected to be its smallest concern. More than 15 million dollars has been spent in the last 6 years for permanent protection.

County officials along with representatives from Breckenridge and smaller towns are going over this years plan. Volunteer sites, sandbag filling and drop offs will all be similar to past floods. The big difference is rural areas will get more attention this year because Breckenridge officials say their city is in pretty good shape.

TOM RICHELS - Former Wilkin County Engineer: "That's a tremendous relief, tremendous relief for us. Two-thirds of their city is protected to 22 feet, 3 feet higher than the 1997 flood. Today is about starting to get our ducks in a row."

Breckenridge is still a year away from permanent protection, but its close enough to where officials say it should be ok this spring without laying any sandbags in town. The Red River in Breckenridge is only a foot and a half away from flood stage.