Gov. Dayton declares state of emergency in 35 Minn counties

By KBJR News 1

June 19, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 6:54 PM CDT

International Falls, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has declared a State of Emergency after record rainfall has inundated 35 counties throughout June.

The Executive Order makes a wide range of state resources available, and engages more state agencies, and funding, as part of response efforts.

Governor Dayton is also directing the Minnesota National Guard to send 100 soldiers to Koochiching County, where Rainy Lake's high waters have destroyed hundreds of public and private docks, and flooded many homes and cabins.

The International Falls area is experiencing its wettest June since record keeping began in 1895.

The emergency has prompted hundreds of volunteers from Koochiching, and surrounding counties, to centralize massive sandbag filling efforts in Kerry Park.

Many volunteers have been personally impacted by the flooding.

"No front yard left, trees are washing away, and we're get-we're on the easy side. There's a lot more people out there that have a lot worse conditions than we have," said Kirk Skallman, a volunteer.

Officials say close to 160,000 sandbags have been pumped out from the Kerry Park site since efforts were moved from City Beach.

Billy Wagness