Minnesota Flood Damage: $2.5M in 1 County

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October 21, 2010 by   - () Leave a Comment

A preliminary damage assessment team recently completed its tour of flood damage in Minnesota's Goodhue County and painted a somber picture at Tuesday's (Oct. 19) county board meeting, The Post-Bulletin, Rochester, reported.

The preliminary estimate of damage in areas that are eligible for state and local assistance and from some nonprofit organizations is nearly $2.5 million, including $2.23 million from cities and school districts.Estimates are missing from the city of Kenyon and a couple of townships, and that could bring the total higher.

In addition, at least 17 homes were affected by flooding. Six are considered to have major damage and had 5 feet or more of water in the basement. Three houses are classified as sustaining minor damage, or 1 to 2 feet of water in the basement.

Several business in Pine Island were damaged, as well as one in Cannon Falls. Two campgrounds were affected, as well as the Cannon Valley Trail.

"We had some damage here," said county commissioner Jim Bryant, who lives in Red Wing. "I wish we didn't, but our friends down the Zumbro (River) had a lot more. …You can't prepare for another 100-year flood that we seem to have all the time."

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