County offers flood warning

With the warmer weather the last several days, Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott wants to remind everyone to start thinking about the possibility of flooding in flood-prone areas.

With above-average precipitation in the fall and a snowier-than-usual winter, the county has begun preparations for the possibility of spring flooding.

Sherburne County will make sandbags available for residents to purchase at a cost of 29 cents per bag. Sandbags will be available for pick-up at both Sherburne County Public Works buildings, located at 425 Jackson Ave., Elk River and 10705 125th Ave., Becker.

Sandbags can be picked up Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Residents needing sandbags after hours should contact the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-433-5245.

A partial list of companies that provide sand will be available at both public works offices as well as on the county Web site. You can also go to the Yellow Pages for a complete listing of the companies that provide sand.

Brott encourages residents to prepare in advance for spring flooding. Homeowners living in flood-prone areas should make sure they have flood insurance and are reminded of the 30-day waiting period before the policy goes into effect. A link with additional information including current flood-related road closures and flood preparation resources will be available in the coming weeks at

If you have questions, contact the Sherburne County Emergency Services Department at 763-241-2500.

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