Grafton officials are giving out a phone number for people needing
help during this imminent flood and those offering their help.
It's the Grafton Auditor's Office number: 352-1561.
LeRoy McCann of Grafton Emergency Services says volunteers are
needed to do a number of things, like fill and/or pitch sandbags. Dike
walkers are needed too and volunteers to help someone to elevate household
items in their basements.
McCann's been worried for some time that this flood threat would
materialize. McCann says this reminds him of 1979. Back then, the Weather
Service increased the crest on the Park River at Grafton from 14-feet to
19-feet at four-pm one afternoon. Five hours later, water was rushing overland
in Grafton hitting the storm sewers.
McCann says at this point, ice jams, overland flooding, leaky dikes,
He also says Grafton city employees have filled four-thousand-sandbags
The National Weather Service says the Park River at Grafton will reach
15-feet, one-half-foot above major flood stage. It's likely to reach 15.5 feet