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Flash floods hit Eagle Bend, prompting swift community response



by Trinity Gruenberg

Heavy rains led to flooding in parts of the county, with the Eagle Bend area taking the worst hit, threatening a business and several homes. 

From Sunday, June 2, into the early morning hours of Monday, June 3, reports of 5-6 inches of rain came in from the Eagle Bend and Clarissa areas, with some reporting eight inches. Rivers and ditches quickly swelled and spilled onto roadways and into people’s basements. 

The creek running through town in Eagle Bend ran over Central Avenue next to Shirley’s and toward Eagle Creek. 

On Sunday night, around 10 p.m., the city’s alarms began to go off, and Public Works Supervisor Clay Sandmeyer went to check them. 

Sandmeyer called Shirley’s Gas and Grocery Co-owner Taylor Milbrett at 12:45 a.m. and informed her the store was flooding. Taylor, her husband Trevor, and his parents raced to the store. 

“We had about 4-5 inches of water in the store,” said Taylor.

The team used water softener salt bags around the doors to keep the water out.

“They shop vacced out the water and mopped. Bless them,” said Taylor about her family....


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