Mankato still cleaning up from floods 21 Jul 14

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Nearly a month after the Minnesota River in Mankato hit its 10th highest level on record, crews are still cleaning up the mess left behind in city parks.

A Mankato Free Press report says the flood waters covered about 90 percent of both Land of Memories Park and Kiwanis Recreation Area. The water has receded, but it left behind huge tracts of silt.

The Land of Memories Park sits across the Blue Earth River from Sibley Park. It’s been reopened except for the campground, because crews still have to replace electrical posts that provide power to 17 campsites.

Mankato Parks Superintendent Mark McQuillan says the silt was especially bad at Kiwanis. He says everything needs to be pressure-washed because flood waters can contain raw sewage and other nasty stuff.