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August 23, 2014

Floodwaters recede, but some areas still inaccessible

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers predicts the water level will likely crest Friday on Big Sandy Lake in Aitkin County, where dozens of homes were flooded, MPR says.

Elsewhere in the flooded Northland:

Gov. Mark Dayton is back in Duluth again Friday to talk about the federal disaster designation process, the Duluth News Tribune reports. The visit comes after several days of Federal Emergency Management Agency teams visiting areas of the state hit by last week’s flooding.

The Minnesota Ballet was maybe the hardest-hit local arts organization, with an estimated 90 percent of sets and backdrops damaged, the News Tribune writes. Duluth is awash in volunteers, the News Tribune says.

But exhausted, water-weary volunteers in Moose Lake need reinforcements, WDIO reports.

Heavy rain and hail has hurt a number of farmers, WCCO reports.

Inevitably, the “I survived” the flooding T-shirts are selling already, WDIO says.

On the other side of Minnesota, in the Red River Valley, disaster recovery is old hat. Officials in those communities say patience and attention to detail are the keys to getting through the flood recovery process, MPR reports.