Sandbagging continues, lightning causing delays

Efforts to control rising floodwaters continue in Koochiching County, but Monday’s weather could hinder sandbagging operations.

County operations at Kerry Park and satellite sand locations will be operational whenever safe to do so. When lightning is present, sand will still be available to residents who choose to collect sandbags on their own; however, the County’s limited mechanical and human resources cannot safely operate with lightning present.

The Tilson Bay satellite sandbag location is no longer being supplied with sand and is closed due to rising water levels. The Emergency Operations Center has established an alternative satellite sand location on Voyageur Way, just east of International Falls on Hwy 11. This new sand site is open.

Whenever lightning is not present, sandbag operations will commence and more volunteers will be needed throughout the day. Those who wish to volunteer, please show up at the registration tent Kerry Park and you will be directed on what to do.

More than 30,400 sandbags were filled and distributed on Sunday. Koochiching County Emergency Operations are thankful for volunteers who have helped.

Due to rising water levels and additional precipitation, more road closures are expected Monday afternoon.

County Road 117 (also known as Birch Point Rd), UT 446 and UT 269 will be closed. Residents impacted by the high water and road closures are asked to evacuate. Residents in these areas have been notified of the impending closures. These road closures will impact 12 homes and Sportsmen’s Dock.

The Community Center in International Falls is where people can go for shelter after evaucation. That is at 900 5th Street. A list of recommended items to take with you is posted on the County’s website at and on the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office Page.