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Wadena County declared a flood emergency last Thursday due to significant flooding along the Crow Wing River and other areas of the county.

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The flood has affected about 50 residences and businesses, Scott McKellep, director of Emergency Management, estimated.

McKellep reported on Monday that the county used around 20,000 sandbags to combat the flood. The county board authorized the purchase of 48,000 sandbags at the request of emergency management and law enforcement when the flood emergency was declared.

Photo by Steve Schulz Forget what the calendar says. There's no spring training this week for the Bluffton Braves, who saw their home field under about six inches of water due to flooding from the Leaf River. Though the water receded, about a foot of snow covered the field later in the week.

Photo by Steve Schulz Forget what the calendar says. There's no spring training this week for the Bluffton Braves, who saw their home field under about six inches of water due to flooding from the Leaf River. Though the water receded, about a foot of snow covered the field later in the week.

Volunteers from local high schools, colleges and fire departments filled and stacked sandbags for residents last Thursday and Friday, according to a news release.

The flooding has since stabilized, McKellep said.

"The Red Eye River in and near Sebeka has gone down considerably," he said in a news release Monday.

There remain frozen spots along the Crow Wing River north of Staples, he said. However, no further problems are expected if the melt is slow and the river continues to flow well downstream.

The flood is still impacting road travel in the county.

Flood waters washed out a portion of County State Aid Highway 30 between Central Lakes College and the Crow Wing River Bridge causing the highway department to close the road, according to a news release Tuesday.

This is the second time in 12 years this kind of flooding has occurred in Wadena County, said Sheriff Mike Carr. A number of roads in the county are underwater.

"A lot of people, when they call our office, depend on our assistance," Carr said. "They're looking for our help."

The dispatch office in the sheriff's department is tracking closed roads with a red marker on a county map to assist drivers.

According to the Wadena County Sheriff's Department, the following roads are also impassable as of Tuesday afternoon:

• County Road 141 from CSAH 13 to Township Road 1 mile south

• CR 132 from CR 133 to CR 136

• CR 135 from Hwy 227 to CR 163

• CR 159 from CSAH 8 to end of black top

• CR 109 from CR 130 to Township Road 1 mile south

• CR 145 from 320th Street to 324th Street

• CR 131 from CR 132 to CSAH 8 -- open -- but flagged -- use caution

• CR 134 from CR 131 West to County Line

• CSAH 26 is closed completely

• CSAH 30 Staples, Golf Course is closed completely

• CR 118 9 mile Bridge is closed completely

• CR 118 south of Aldrich is closed

• CSAH 10 -- water over road -- please use extreme caution (drivers are recommended to stay away)

• 151st Ave. State Highway 227 to 260th St.

• 310th St. west of U.S. Highway 71 and west of 119th Ave.

• 119th Ave. south of 310th St.

• 159th Ave. 310th ST: CR 8 to end of black top

• 181st Ave. one-half mile south of 220th St.

• 204th St. -- Closed -- 211th Ave. intersection

• 220th St. between 211th Ave. and 205th Ave. is

impassable

• 270th St. from 121st Ave. W to county line

• CR 7 is closed west of 221st Ave.

• 180th St. is closed at intersection of 181st Ave.

• 180th St. is closed west of CR 66

• 139th Ave. from 413th St. south approximately 500 yards

• CR 30 north of Staples completely closed

• 145th Ave. north 210th St. one mile

• 155th Ave. N 210th St. one mile washed out

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