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Students Complete Flood Study

Year-long flood mitigation study examined Zumbro River.

Mankato Free Press, 9-8-2013

MANKATO — Students from Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering recently wrapped up a year-long flood mitigation study for the Zumbro River watershed.

Students worked to model the Zumbro River and its tributaries, providing an evaluation tool regarding potential features of flood protection for the communities along the river that were affected in a September 2010 flood or previous events.

The model will assist communities in examining options for flood protection features to limit the effects of future flooding.

The flood in 2010 devastated about 20 communities, including areas of Rochester. Many communities sustained substantial flood damage. They included Pine Island, Oronoco, Mazeppa, Zumbrota and Mantorville. One dam was lost, resulting in the permanent removal of a lake.

The flood mitigation study grew out of a civil engineering senior capstone project during the 2011-2012 academic year.

After that project, the Minnesota Legislature awarded a $50,000 grant (1/10 of the estimated professional cost) for the study on Sept. 24, 2012, to Minnesota State Mankato’s Water Resource Center, under the auspices of the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

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