The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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July 8, 2014

Walz tours Waterville flood damage

Estimates of damage range from $3 million to $12 million

Congressman Tim Walz met with Waterville officials and residents Tuesday morning to review damage from recent flooding.

Waterville officials were still determining the damage two weeks after heavy rains push water over lakes and streams in the area.

Many homes were still surrounded by water as late as last weekend in areas of the lagoon south of Tetonka Lake and west of the city.

Waterville Mayor Stephen Hihalik told The Free Press recently that the low damage estimate was $3 million with a $12 million estimate on the high side.

A town meeting has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Waterville school auditorium

Mihalik said the meeting will focus disposing of potentially hazardous waste created by flood damage and ongoing safety concerns.

Officials had begun assessing flood damage in four Minnesota counties last week, including Jackson, Nobles, Renville and Rock counties. FEMA officials were expected to be reviewing damage this week in Blue Earth, Brown, Carver, Chippewa, Dakota, Freeborn, Hennepin, Martin, Murray, Nicollet, Pipestone, Ramsey, Scott, Sibley and Steele counties.

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