Breckenridge leaders are preparing for potential floodingBreckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) -- City leaders in Breckenridge are making sure the city is prepared for any potential flooding.
Breckenridge, MN (WDAY TV) -- City leaders in Breckenridge are making sure the city is prepared for any potential flooding.
The city is protected up to 3 feet above the flood of 97 and has 10 thousand sandbags on hand if needed.
Cliff: "At this point we are in good shape."
All the flood walls and levees in the city are in place to combat any potential flooding. What worries Mayor Cliff Barth is the potential of a late thaw because if that's the case it could include rain.
Cliff: "Monitor our lift stations, monitor our pumping stations that pump the storm sewer water into the river if we have to close the gates, so it is all monitoring, which is a really good feeling to have."
There could be some street flooding because of the amount of snow on the ground around the city, but the city is prepared.
Cliff: "One street, Main street they call it where we put in a closure system where you stick in the wall panels for this closure, that might have to be put in, depending on the elevation that comes in. It's around 14 to 15 feet."
There's a bigger threat for flooding in the County. Right now along highway 210 there is more snow in the ditches then County Enigineers are comfortable with.
Tom: "In general across our county there about five inches of water of snow, we usually figure anything over 3 and a half and 4 inches is going to cause some overland flooding."
There are three small towns that are the most concerning.
Tom: "The City of Foxhome, the city of Doran, and the city of Wolverton."
To prepare, crews have been busy clearing the nearly 200 miles of ditches and culverts in the county.
Tom: A lot of work has been done on them over the last several years, and almost none of them have been tested yet, so we'll see what affect that has. i think it's going to be beneficial to the county.
Cliff Barth/Mayor of Breckenridge: "The later it gets, and if we get rain with it just like we did in 1997, then that's the bad part."
Officials will hold meetings as the spring melt approaches to stay on top of things.