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Otter Tail County to supply sand and sandbags to residents fight flooding

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The Otter Tail County Board of Commissioners voted to provide sand and sandbags for county residents.

A total of 300,000 sandbags and poly sheetings will be purchased by the county, in preparation for flooding in Otter Tail County this spring.

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The decision was made after the Emergency Preparedness Committee met and developed recommendations. Widespread river flooding is not expected. However, land-locked basins will likely continue to rise with high runoff and rising ground water.

An Otter Tail County Vulnerability Report was also distributed to the five-person county board of commissioners at its Feb. 1 meeting.

The county is working with the United Way regarding the volunteer coordination and registration process.

Also at the meeting it was announced that the county will be reimbursed $16,868 by the state of Minnesota for the county's work on making repairs to damaged traffic signs and making reinstallation near Wadena.

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