There are ways to hold water back -- some obviously better than others.
In Burlington, preparations are underway now to try and remove as much sandbagging as possible from any future flood protection -- clay dikes being the preferred method.
Perry Olson was in Burlington today where some of the work was underway to clear a path -- literally -- for any dike work that would need to be done from here on out.
The roar of the chainsaw now -- will hopefully keep the roar of the river managed in the future in Burlington...
(Jeff Weaver - Burlington Public Works Director) "Save a lot of man hours and volunteers and actually do a heavier job."
(Perry Olson - KX News) "So this is the Des Lacs River...the confluence with the Mouse River is just a few hundred yards behind me. That makes this spot one that needs some attention in high water years. The work being done right now should remove sandbagging from that equation." (Jeff Weaver - Burlington Public Works Director) "If we do need to shore up the dikes, we have the room to do it without sandbag. We are going to take clay and build it up and drive the trucks on the dikes so we don't have to use sandbags."
Trees are coming down this week -- and lots of them -- some large, some small...but when they are gone, they will make access to the river much easier, and therefore, flood protection easier too.
(Jerome Gruenberg - Burlington Mayor) "We want to be ready so that if we have to build levees in a hurry we can get in with equipment and do it. We will not do a lot of sandbagging anymore. It just is not productive."
It's certainly cold work in late April -- but an insurance policy somewhat that will be nice to have for future years...
(Jeff Weaver - Burlington Public Works Director) "Just to be sure that we are ready to go if we have to go in minimal time we can save the city."
In Burlington, Perry Olson, KX News.
Weaver says home buyouts that have occurred in Burlington over the last year have made it easier to get into these spots to do the work.