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Greg Swanson, bottom, helps move sandbags Tuesday to raise a dike along the Red Lake River in Crookston, Minn. There was a voluntary evacuation of Crookston Tuesday. The Red Lake River is expected to crest at 26.4 feet there on Wednesday. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

4 feet in 4 hours ... and more than 1,000 helpers

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CROOKSTON -- Mayor Dave Genereux woke up at 4 a.m. Tuesday to discover his home had lost power. That was the highlight of his day until the afternoon.

That's because the Red Lake River was rising dramatically -- almost four feet in four hours --and was within six inches of topping protection in some areas.

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