Flood levee breaks in western Minnesota

7:18 AM, Mar 23, 2011   |    comments
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BROWNTON, Minn. -- A temporary flood levee built Monday in the city of Brownton broke through overnight, city officials say.

City officials say the levee broke overnight in two separate areas, along 1st Ave. near Division St., and 5th Ave. N. at the city line.

The city has put a call out for pumps, and Emergency Response Director Kevin Matthews says they are helping to filter out the water that's coming in as a result of the levee break.

Residents were told Tuesday to start moving furniture and other items in their basements to the upper level of their residences.

Sisters Keena Perry and Rena Artman both live in houses at opposite ends of the town, but both near the dikes. Tuesday afternoon, they found themselves joining with other family members to give each other a hand with flood fighting efforts.

"They're building a fourteen foot here and like an eight foot high at my house.  So my landlord recommended highly that we move everything out of the basement. Because until they get those up we don't know how much water we're going to get," Perry said.

"Same here. We've only been here two months we have no idea how much water we're going to get if we get any at all with them building the dikes," Artman said


Crews will be working through the night and into Wednesday morning to rebuild levees to help protect the city. City officials say pumps around town and a tower are helping to keep the damage to a minimum.

City crews say they hope top have a thousand feet of new dike in place by Wednesday morning, but a driving rain mixes with sleet isn't helping their cause any.


Brownton is a small city in western Minnesota off Hwy. 212 in McLeod County between Glencoe and Buffalo Lake, a little more than an hour from the Twin Cities metro area.

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