Rainy River residents keep watch over slowly receding water

Lake and river levels continue to drop in the swollen Rainy River - Lake Of The Woods watershed, but communities are still keeping a careful watch on the water.
The Rainy River overflowed its banks earlier in June, flooding public areas in the municipality of Rainy River. (Facebook/Majel Usiski)

Lake and river levels continue to drop in the swollen Rainy River - Lake Of The Woods watershed, but communities are still keeping a careful watch on the water.

Rainy River Mayor Debbie Ewald says emergency measures, like sandbags and berms, are staying in place.

Equipment also remains on standby, even though Ewald said it hasn`t been used for a while.

"[We have] emergency pumps in place in case … the water breaches and we can pump it back over and whatnot,” she said.

“But we haven't had to do that for about two weeks." 

Ewald said the community has additional sandbags on hand in case they are needed.

Right now, everyone’s in "a wait-and-see game,” she noted.

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