COOK COUNTY, KOOCHICHING COUNTY, MINNESOTA ~~~~ June 4, 2022 (LSNews) Due to rising flood waters, which have now surpassed the 1950 record levels, a road closure of UT 408 will go into effect at 12 pm on Sunday, June 5. This closure impacts one residence on the south side of the road. Residents have been notified and are encouraged to evacuate. Additional changes in traffic control and sheltering location will go into effect over the weekend to accommodate flood management and response.
Construction Congestion Near Water Treatment Plant
As a heads-up, the community may see increased construction vehicle and heavy equipment traffic around Highway 332 and County Road 155 near the water treatment plant until midnight, Sunday June 5. Motorists are asked to use caution and keep this area clear, if possible, to allow ample space for trucks constructing a protective clay berm around the water treatment plant.
Evacuation Checkpoint & Sheltering for People and Pets
The Temporary Evacuation Check-in Point is moving to the International Falls High School on Sunday, June 5, as the school is now available as a shelter location for people and pets. Do not go to the Backus Community Center if evacuating, please check in at the High School even if you do not require sheltering. The new Evacuation Check-in Point will be open at 8 am, Sunday.
The Northeast Region Pet Sheltering Trailer has been brought in and has equipment and supplies to accommodate up to 50 pets. Pet sheltering will be available in the hockey arena on the school campus to keep pets and owners together after evacuation. If evacuating and you need immediate shelter assistance call 218-240-4418.
Emergency Operations Center
The Koochiching County Emergency Operations Center, which includes a variety of response partners, is continually evaluating conditions round the clock to respond to the flood incident and meet community needs as quickly as possible. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available. For more flood information, go to co.koochiching.mn.us and follow the Koochiching County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook for regular status updates. For questions and assistance, call the Flood Information Hotline at 218-283-6755.
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