ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Steps taken in recent years to better deal with deluges of water have spared some Minnesota communities from damage they tended to see when lakes and rivers rose in the past.
Minnesota Public Radio News highlighted some of the flood-fighting efforts Thursday by towns that removed homes, built levies or redesigned landscape.
Owatonna, Inver Grove Heights and New Ulm are among the places that erected levies or took homes from flood plains to minimize future damage. And it has largely paid off.
Wednesday in Moorhead, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a $50 million conservation initiative to help reduce flooding in the Red River Valley.
Still, damage totals keep rising from Minnesota's worst flooding in years. There's been at least $48 million to public roads, bridges and structures.