Brown County Gearing Up For Spring Floods

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — There’s heavy spring flooding in the forecast for Brown County in south-central Minnesota, so the county emergency management department is gearing up.

The Journal of New Ulm reports that on Tuesday the Brown County Emergency Management Department will formally ask county commissioners to authorize the purchase of 20,000 sand bags.

County staff members say they need to act now because sand bags are harder to get when the flooding starts.

The county highway department has been stockpiling sand bags for years, but the flooding last fall depleted the supply. Staff members say sand bags cost between 13 cents and 20 cents each.

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