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Published May 18, 2011, 08:47 AM

Communities along Highway 75 are still recovering from flood fight

Georgetown, Minn. (WDAY TV) - Georgetown, Perley, and Hendrum, Minnesota all faced some tense moments during the flood of 2011. While the levees went up quickly in all three cities, the clean up in each is very different.

It was a frantic scene in Hendrum just over a month ago as water began pushing into the south side of town. Today people go about there business in town with no noticeable effect from the flood.

Work is even underway on a new levee system on the east side of town. The plans and funding for which had been in place before this years flood.

Perley, Minnesota added to the top of their levee and kept the water out, but the heavy equipment did a number on there roads. The effects of which can still be seen.

MAYOR ANN MANLEY - Perley, MN “Most of us haven't been able to drive on the roads to get down on this end of town. All of the culverts are covered and most of the curb stops have been ruined. Every time we get a little water a little rain it's nothing but a clay mess.”

Norman County is not yet in the disaster declaration, so Perley is not sure whether their damages will be covered by FEMA.

“But if we don't get any help from FEMA, there's no way that the city could even take a fraction of the hit on these roads.”

In Georgetown, the remnants of the flood fight are this enormous hole in what had been the city’s ball fields. Even though Georgetown is in Clay County, which is in the Federal disaster declaration, not much recovery is underway.

MAYOR TRACI GOBLE - Georgetown, MN: “Right now it's just a matter of waiting to see if FEMA comes in with the cleanup. We're still going full steam ahead on our permanent levee project.”

So it may still be some time before these communities along Highway 75 return to the way they were before the flood. The mayor of Perley says the cost to fix the road will be about 200-thousand dollars. The mayor in Georgetown will be meeting with FEMA next week to see what will be covered.