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New Ulm Residents Watching The River

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New Ulm residents have been on edge all flood season.

Just a few weeks ago the City Build a clay berm to protect homes along the high–risk flood area of the Minnesota River.

The National Weather Service predicts the river to crest near record levels.

Kelvin Fischer says, "That's always the main subject of the neighborhood... The river."

Here along Valley Street residents are familiar with rising waters but they say dealing with it doesn't get any easier.

Bruce Wahlstrom says, "Yeah I think everybody in the neighborhood is worried. The biggest thing is if the river comes back up so that's the concern now."

Brown County Emergency Service Management and Brown County's Sheriff Department say the river has already crested.

But the National Weather Service predicts the river to crest again today and has the area under a flood warning as more rain comes in.

Just a few weeks ago the City built a clay berm to protect these homes.

Wahlstrom says, "You don't have to worry about sand bagging that would've been a real hassle."

 Residents agree the berm is helping but say they are still concerned, as you can see water is leaking through from underneath.

 Fischer says, "There's five or six feet on the other side and its coming underneath. It was built in a hurry. A normal permanent dike would have a clay base but this is sitting on black dirt."

A permanent dike is something city officials have been talking about. In the meantime residents are hoping they can ride out this flood season.

The last time Minnesota River crested in New Ulm was Monday afternoon.