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River still rising: Town praying for no more rain

By Ken Johnston

Rainy River remains in a state of emergency as the Rainy River continues to rise.
As of 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning the community continued to hold its breath and pray for no more rain.
Town clerk Vel Vogan said she spoke to the Lake of the Woods Water Control Board and they are reporting the water levels continue to rise after the heavy rain event of Thursday continues to filter through the basin.
LWCB also announced that it was opening the Norman Dam at Kenora to full outflow today.
Last evening the Town of Rainy River put out a call for sandbaggers and about 50 people worked filling bags in case they are needed.
Showers are forecast for today with 1/10th to 1/4 of an inch total accumulation. Heavier rains were forecast for tomorrow, but some reports have downgraded that expectation as of now.
At this point there is no call for sandbagging... but the public is encouraged to watch the Record's Facebook page. If there is a call for them it will be posted there ASAP.