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Dayton promises efficient flood response throughout state

With dire predictions of spring flooding in many areas of the state, Gov.

With dire predictions of spring flooding in many areas of the state, Gov. Mark Dayton says lots of advance planning will ensure that officials can rapidly respond to emergencies.

He’s holding flood preparation meetings around the area and today was in South St. Paul, where several businesses are located near a levee that’s been deemed “unacceptable” by the Army Corps of Engineers.

“This is a very well-coordinated response in advance, in anticipation of what we all hope will not occur,” Dayton said, reports the Star Tribune.

And the governor said he is “taking personal responsibility in making sure that the state’s response to predicted flood conditions is efficient,” the paper said.

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High water levels are expected throughout the southern two-thirds of the state and could affect commuters crossing the St. Croix, the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.