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NEWS RELEASE

Doug Neville, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Doug Neville  651-201-7562
douglas.neville@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2011
Flood Related Activity Picking up Along the Red River

ST. PAUL — Activity is picking up along the Minnesota side of the Red River. Officials are working to reinforce levees in Perley, Halstad, and Hendrum.

Minnesota National Guard soldiers are on the ground patrolling levees along the river. 200 soldiers are in Clay County (Moorhead, Georgetown and Oakport). 79 are in Norman County (Perley, Halstad and Hendrum). 15 soldiers are in Marshall County (Oslo).  

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is supporting Clay County with two boats to conduct rural resident safety checks and evacuation or rescue if necessary.

The Minnesota State Patrol and The Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) urge drivers to drive with caution as flooding continues to affect local highways and interstates in west central Minnesota.

Mn/DOT is reporting a number of road closures in the Red River area including:

  • US 75 at Perley                  
  • US 75 at Hendrum (new location)
  • US 75 from the south junction of MN 200 to Shelly
  • US 75 at the Sand Hill River on the north end of Climax
  • US 2B in East Grand Forks (Sorlie bridge)

The Minnesota State Patrol and Mn/DOT urge drivers to drive with caution as flooding continues to affect local highways and interstates in west central Minnesota.

Motorists are encouraged to visit www.511mn.org for a complete list of road closures in the area.

CONTACT: Phone: 651-201-7477
                      e-mail: eoc.pio.lead@state.mn.us

For more information on the heavy rains and flooding in Minnesota:
On the Web www.eoc.state.mn.us
On Twitter twitter.com/MnDPS_HSEM
On Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Saint-Paul-MN/MnDPS_HSEM-Homeland-Security-Emergency-Management/175754430840

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