Minn. Body Extends Flood Emergency For 46 Counties

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota’s constitutional officers have extended an emergency measure for 46 counties and two tribes threatened by flooding.

The executive council vote Friday extends an emergency declaration Gov. Mark Dayton had issued a day earlier. It keeps the order in force for 30 days instead of five days.

The first-term governor was visiting Stillwater Friday to view flooding on the St. Croix River.

He plans to travel to northwestern Minnesota Saturday to visit Moorhead, which sits across from Fargo, N.D., on the rising Red River.

Dayton told reporters at the Capitol that he is closely watching weather forecasts and projections for river crests. He says he is encouraged so far but that flooding is unpredictable.

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  1. KATHY says:

    IT’S WONDERFUL THAT OUR GOVERNOR IS TAKING A PERSONAL INTEREST IN THE FLOOD THREAT.

    I LIVE IN A THIRD FLOOR APARTMENT THAT GIVES VIEW OF THE MISSISSIPPI NEAR ST. CLOUD, MN. THE WATERS ARE MOVING RAPIDLY AND THE RIVER IS VERY HIGH.

  2. ask4j says:

    Yes, saw him, Gov Dayton, actually shook hands. Hope Stillwater gets this bridge problem solved soon–this town puts up with bumper to bumper traffic for hours each morning and afternoon–it is difficult to drive through this constant line of traffic let along putting up with it five days a week. Maybe if the bridge was just closed permanently for now then Wisconsin could get some pressure to then build a new bridge anywhere but through Stillwater–since it is their citizens who are causing the traffic problem.

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