Lawmakers: Flood Fight Continues

Red River Valley lawmakers said their communities’ fight against flooding is not over.

Rep. Morrie Lanning told the Minnesota House today that his hometown of Moorhead evacuated residents in one-third of the city amid rising floodwaters. Now the Red River slowly is starting to drop, he said, but a second or third crest is possible.

“Our flood crisis is continuing,” Lanning said.

Rep. Paul Marquart, DFL-Dilworth, who represents other communities along the Red River, said the region needs to remain vigilant.

“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Marquart said. “It’s far from over.”
Lanning told representatives that people from throughout the state have traveled to the region to help with sandbagging and other flood-relief efforts.

Marquart said volunteers have saved communities from floodwaters.

“Their efforts have been heroic and inspiring,” Marquart said, adding that the state will have to do more in the future to support flood mitigation efforts.

Sandbagging continued today in some areas. More snow and strong winds are expected in the region. Lanning said bad weather could threaten dikes.

“It seems like Mother Nature is throwing anything and everything at us,” he said.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty was scheduled to return to the Moorhead area today to meet with state and local officials and National Guard soldiers.