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Logan Flooding

Logan Flooding

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Releases from Lake Darling were cut back to 285 cubic feet per second on Friday.

The current inflow is at about 2,000 cfs --- the goal is to bring Lake Darling back up three feet to the target elevation of 1597 feet.

The break in releases could be the much needed break for the Logan area where the Mouse River is currently at 28 and a half feet --- well below flood stage of 34 feet --- but that progress was slow to happen --- last Tuesday, Logan was in moderate flood stage.

Marvin Mertz and his wife have lived in Logan for 22 years --- since 2009, this is the third flood-fight they've taken on.

Just yards from the Mouse River, the flood in 2011 destroyed their home, and the rebuilding process included a permanent clay levee around the Mertz house.

Finally, in February of this year, the Mertz family moved into their rebuilt house --- but the 2013 flood halted the move-in.

Even with continuous pumps, there is still 16 inches of water in the basement.

Mertz says this is his home and he doesn't want to leave --- but moving in and out, and constantly pumping water can be an exhausting task.

(Marvin Mertz, Logan Resident) "We keep adapting to add things, and make it safer, and it's getting real tough to come up with better ideas anymore."

The Mertz family would like to thank everyone who has helped them get back into their home and build the levee.

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