More sandbags for county residents [UPDATED]Published 9:46am Thursday, May 12, 2011 Updated 11:48am Thursday, May 12, 2011
People still are in need of sandbags in Otter Tail County, especially in the Perham area. The county is able to access free sandbags from a warehouse in Moorhead. That’s because Clay County does not want to store excess bags and pay rent at warehouses.
“We’re obtaining close to 20,000 sandbags from Moorhead,” said County Engineer Rick West to members of the county board on Tuesday. “About 10,000 of these will go to the county station at Perham. Lake property owners at Little McDonald Lake, Devils Lake and other area lakes can use those extra sandbags.”
West said the remaining 10,000 sandbags will be divided equally for sandbag stations in Battle Lake and Pelican Rapids.
“Sandbagging operations are continuing, but not at the pace it was two weeks ago,” said West.
Now that the spring thaw is pretty much complete in this area, West said that outlets are again in operation at Olaf Lake, northwest of Pelican Rapids, and Oscar Lake near Carlisle and west of Elizabeth. He said that the outlet at Iverson Lake, southeast of Fergus Falls, will likely be operational again this coming week.
In related news, the county board passed a resolution to start redetermination of benefit proceedings for Ditch 25. The ditch, located near Little McDonald, Kerbs and Paul Lake west of Perham, was established in 1907.Tags: Battle Lake, high water, Perham