A Message from Congressman Rick Nolan




Battling Rising Waters

Dear Friend,

As waters continued to rise across northern Koochiching and St. Louis Counties, I cancelled my regular schedule on Monday and headed for International Falls to see the situation for myself, meet with local officials, volunteers, business people and homeowners, and draw attention to this rapidly developing crisis in our region.

What I witnessed was considerable damage to private housing and property, public infrastructure, and business and commercial facilities but what I saw and experienced from the community was inspiring. People of all ages and walks of life pitching in to fill and stack sandbags, prepare and deliver meals, move precious possessions to higher ground – people encouraging and helping one another in that “Minnesota way” we all know so well.

Back in Washington, I am in constant touch with Governor Dayton, as well as with the Department of Homeland Security, and local and state officials. With their help, my job will be to assure that any and all assistance be made available.

If you have the time and means, the folks who are working around the clock sandbagging and otherwise volunteering could sure use your help. I will keep you posted as we pray the rains hold off and these high waters will recede.



Click the image above to watch KBJR's coverage of the ongoing situation.

Filling sandbags with fellow volunteers.

A local fireman surveys the fortified bank of the Rainy River.

Plenty of work for these two volunteers.

Getting out of the kayak after a trip to assess a flooded cabin.

Meeting with local officials, including International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson and Koochiching County Sheriff Bob Jespersen.

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