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Kasson residents seek answers from city leaders

KASSON, Minn. (FOX 47) – Recovery is just beginning for many residents impacted by flooding and a raw sewage back up in Kasson. Wednesday night at city hall, those people hoped to hear solutions from their city leaders.

Kasson residents are running low on patience.

Flood water in Kasson.“There is a history with this problem,” one resident said during public forum. “Its not a new problem.”

Back to back rounds of flooding, soaked more than 170 homes in the city. The problem is even worse for some residents dealing with a raw sewage back-up.

“In my basement, I had two pumps going and I was pumping out sewer,” another resident said, taking the stand. “Pumping feces. And so were my neighbors and everyone else.”

And for many, it’s not the first time.

“Some of them have had it happen three or four times,” Kasson resident Rebecca Houghten said. “But I’m not sure what’s made people come together and say this is enough this time.”

Mayor Chris McKern blames the back up on an overwhelmed storm drainage system. Kasson residents listen to city leaders.

“The engineers are telling us the systems aren’t designed to handle the amount of moisture we’ve had,” McKern said. “We’ve had a lot of rain in the spring, almost three feet of rain since the first of April.”

An infrastructure problem that won’t get solved overnight.

“Situations like this answers never come quick enough,” McKern said. “We’re working as hard as we can to get answer and fix some of these issues.”

Kasson flooding. In the meantime the city is waving fees for building permits for anyone needing to rebuild and providing a removal service for water damaged debris. They’re also working on obtaining disaster funding from the state.

On Thursday, city leaders plan to meet with the city’s insurance agent and Governor Tim Walz will be in Dodge County to look at the damage himself.

Next Tuesday city leaders will be going over a project that will upgrade storm drains in the north part of town.

Beret Leone

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