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Storm Threat Halts International Falls Sandbagging

Updated: 06/21/2014 7:28 PM
Created: 06/21/2014 7:06 PM WDIO.com

Sandbagging operations in International Falls halted Saturday due to the threat of an oncoming storm.

Koochiching County Board Chair Rob Ecklund said that Saturday at about 7 p.m., there were reports of golf-ball-sized hail in Indus, about 25 miles west of International Falls. Ecklund said the storm was moving east, so they halted their volunteer sandbagging operations at 5:30 p.m. and their National Guard operations at 7 p.m.

Ecklund said sandbagging and dike-building were put on hold for safety reasons. He said the National Guard is expected to continue working at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

Ecklund said Rainy Lake has risen an average of two inches per day for three or four days, according to the Lake of the Woods Control Board. He said an 8-inch rise is expected over the next seven days.

Between 400 and 600 volunteers have been helping with sandbagging efforts every day, according to Ecklund.

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