FLOOD INFORMATION UPDATE KOOCHICHING COUNTY
No Additional Road Closures Today, Conditions Being Monitored
KOOCHICHING COUNTY, MINNESOTA, ~~~~~~ May 31, 2022 (LSNews) Despite additional precipitation from yesterday’s storms and rising water levels in Koochiching County, no additional roads are expected to be closed today. No levees were compromised in the storms overnight. The Koochiching County Emergency Operations Center is continually monitoring conditions closely round-the-clock as lake levels are not expected to peak until mid-June.
The following roads remain closed:
- · County Road 117 (also known as Birch Point Rd)
- · UT 446
- · UT 269
- · County Rd 135
- · Town Road 225
- · Town Road 461
So that all residents can be accounted for, anyone who has evacuated from closed roads are asked to check in at the Temporary Evacuation Check-in Point (TECP) located at the Backus Community Center, 900 5th St, International Falls. Those needing shelter after evacuation will be provided direction upon check-in at the TECP.
Residents are encouraged to pack an evacuation go-kit and have it ready to go should conditions deteriorate. A list of recommended items to take with you in the event of evacuation is posted on the County’s website at co.koochiching.mn.us and on the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office Page.
Sandbags are available to the public for pick-up between the hours of 8 am – 6 pm, at Kerry Park in International Falls. Additional National Guard soldiers are being requested to help ramp up sandbag production to increase availability for the public. Later this week, neighbors around Kerry Park may see and hear sandbag operation activity as early as 6 am through 10 pm in the evening. A satellite sand location is open on Voyageur Way, where members of the community can also fill their own sandbags at any time.
To date, a total of 287,070 sandbags have been distributed to the public, not including today’s numbers.
If residents need assistance with sandbags for their property, call the non-emergency number of the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office at 218-283-4416.
No Wake Zones
A reminder to all boaters – all waterways in the Rainy River Basin are currently classified as “No Wake Zones”. Boat traffic can impact levees and flooding. Please obey all signage and the No Wake Zone classification.
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