A Reprieve for Granite Falls
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RIVERS CREST AT RECORD LEVELS
AFTER THE FLOOD
For the most part, communities along the Mississippi River have averted catastrophic flood damage, thanks in part to timely dike construction and sandbagging. State and federal offices are only now adding up the economic impact of the high waters, and one official estimates the bill from property damage alone will top $11 million. But that doesn't tell the full tale. Businesses that rely on the river to move raw materials or finished products are suffering.Read more.
LESSONS FROM THE FLOOD
Albaugh's whirlwind tour of Fargo Moorhead took him past large temporary earthen dikes that keep the Red River at bay, and to areas where the river now flows freely over land that four years ago, homeowners fought fiercely to protect. Listen online.
THE VIEW FROM THE HOUSEBOATS
For more than two weeks, the houseboat residents on Latch Island have watched the Mississippi rise to its highest levels in three decades. Positioned between Winona and the Wisconsin border, and surrounded by river and other flood-plain islands, Latch Island serves as a year 'round anchor for an estimated 30 houseboats. Many in the unusual community plan to wait out the flood waters as the river prepares to crest on Wednesday. Listen to more.
Moorhead Mayor Morris Lanning has a list of heartwarming stories of neighbors helping neighbors from the flood of '01. Listen online.
FLOODING IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Minnesotans trying to keep their cities dry this spring are fighting an old fight. Attempts to control floods are as old as civilization, with mixed results. Floods are a natural part of spring, and some authorities say when left uncontained, they provide a number of environmental benefits. MPR's Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Dan Dieterman, a Mississippi River biologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, who says a number of good things occur during a flood.
Listen to the interview.