Sandbagging efforts continue in flood ravaged International Falls

By KBJR News 1

June 17, 2014 Updated Jun 19, 2014 at 3:21 PM CDT

International Falls, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Sandbagging efforts continue in Kerry Park, International Falls. This comes ahead of forecasted rainfall on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Governor Dayton traveled to the storm and flood battered community to meet with area officials and survey the damage, one day after Eighth District Congressman Rick Nolan made an emergency visit.

Last Sunday, the Rainy River overflowed its banks flooding homes in International Falls and Koochiching County.

"It is just devastating to see how nature, can really just, destroy our lives and destroy businesses. It's very painful," said Gov. Dayton.

People have been busy sandbagging since Friday putting up between 10,000 to 15,000 sand bags.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office continues to monitor the water levels and road conditions and have added extra patrols.

Governor Dayton says he is pleased to see so many community members pitching in to help.

"You see a lot of wonderful people joining in to help their neighbors and sandbag. I've sandbagged before in my younger days, and it's back breaking work, and they are doing it," said Dayton.

The National Weather Service reports the International Falls area could receive additional rainfall with showers and thunderstorms likely on Wednesday and Thursday bringing another 1 to 1.75 inches of rain.

The International Falls area has already received over 7.5 inches of rain in June, making this the wettest June since 1895 when record keeping began.