In SE. Minnesota, swollen river threatens to reclaim cropland

October 28, 2019by ncdea

MINNESOTA, Wabasha County swcd – It rained 10 inches here in July, twice as much as the year before, and the dike protecting Albert Carlson’s farmland along the Zumbro River didn’t stand a chance.

“Every year it comes up and floods, but this is the first time it tore a hole like this,” said Carlson, standing atop the ruined dike, looking down into a pool of water 80 feet wide and at least 10 feet deeper than the level of his 120 acres of farmland.

“Those berms, they weren’t really built to withstand the weather events and peak flows and flooding that’s happening,” said Terri Peters, district manager for the Wabasha County Soil and Water Conservation District.

Source: In SE. Minnesota, swollen river threatens to reclaim cropland – StarTribune.com

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