Walz declares emergency over flooding in northwestern Minnesota
April 25, 2022
At least 50 members of the state's National Guard were deployed Sunday to northwestern Minnesota to help local officials after Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime emergency in response to flash flooding on the Red Lake River in Polk County, specifically in the city of Crookston.
A heavy downpour and strong winds that began Saturday caused river levels to rise to just above 26 feet by midday Sunday, Crookston Police Chief Darin Selzler said. The city's levee is certified to protect water levels up to 31 feet, he said.
Guard members and local officials, including Polk County emergency response teams, and volunteers are working on sandbagging vulnerable areas, Selzler said.