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217 Second Street NW, Room 185

Aitkin, MN 56431

218-927-7435 Emergency 911

Sheriff Fax 218-927-7359 / Dispatch Fax 218-927-6887

TOLL FREE 1-888-900-2138

June 22, 2012

Flood Update (2)

This morning at an emergency Aitkin County Board Meeting, the Aitkin County Board declared

a local state of emergency. As most everyone is aware, the area received heavy rainfall – leading

to localized and system flooding. Governor Mark Dayton also issued Emergency Executive

Order 12-09 declaring a state of emergency for parts of Minnesota, including Aitkin County.

To further protect the properties of Aitkin County due to elevated water levels, the Aitkin County

Board has issued a temporary No Wake on all Aitkin County Lakes, except Mille Lacs Lake.

This issue will be readdressed at the June 26, 2012 Aitkin County Board Meeting.

Aitkin County is working to open previously closed roads that resulted from the flash flooding

earlier in the week and at the same time addressing emerging flood-related issues due to rising

waters in the Mississippi and associated waters.

The National Weather Service predictions have been adjusted calling for a crest which will be

lower than originally predicted. The National Weather Service is now predicting a crest of 20

feet to occur on the morning of Monday, June 25, 2012.

Severe flooding continues to be forecast for Big Sandy Lake. According to a press release from

the Army Corps of Engineers earlier today, the lake is presently at an elevation of 1220.5 feet

and rising at a rate of 1 foot per day. The anticipated crest for Big Sandy Lake is between

elevation 1222.5 feet and 1223.5 feet June 30.

The record lake level was an elevation of 1224.82 May 19, 1950.

Aitkin County Emergency Management continues to make sand bags available to residents who

wish to undertake sandbagging operations. We encourage all who think this may be something

they will do to make arrangements to have a contractor bring sand to their location as soon as


For flood related information and links to additional information go to the Aitkin County website

at: http://www.co.aitkin.mn.us/

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