Audio: Flooding not a major concern

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Mar 18, 2014 at 11:02 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) St. Cloud has picked up nearly 60 inches of snow this winter, and several more wet, sloppy inches are falling today.

Despite that, flooding is not a major concern this spring in Stearns County.

Emergency Manager Erin Hausauer tells KNSI News, "with the amount of precipitation we were behind coming into the fall and winter months, the snowfall and additional water we've taken on this winter will certainly help to replenish those areas, but we are not anticipating any additional risk of flooding."

But the county is preparing--just in case. Hausauer says they've put their web page up for the county website where residents throughout the county can access sand and sandbags, and, " have begun the discussions with our local communities on what we might be able do to coordinate efforts should we anticipate or experience any flooding."

Although flooding is not a concern this spring, Hausauer says ice jams are. She says, " in several areas along the Mississippi River, ice depths are four to five feet thick." She says the concern for ice jams is, "certainly there as we move into the spring months and experience thawing."  

She says ice jams are more of a concern for Benton County and the Rice area.

Erin Hausauer says spring flooding is not a big concern for Stearns County

Hausauer says the county is prepared--just in case

Hausauer says while spring flooding is not a big concern, ice jams are

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