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Wabasha restaurant prepares for possibility of flooding

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WABASHA, Minn. (FOX 47) -- After days of steady rain, people in Wabasha are keeping an eye on the Mississippi River.

On the deck of Slippery's restaurant, sandbags line the river as the tavern prepares for expected high water and the possibility of flooding.

Area volunteers and Wabasha Fire Department members helped get the bags in place. Twenty people started bagging the sand about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Mississippi River is currently sitting at 12.1 feet but expected to rise to 13.6 feet by Monday.

"We've got about another foot to go before we start getting water up to our ankles," said Curt Duellman, a manager at Slippery's restaurant. "The sandbags will keep some of the water from washing up to the walls and underneath the doors but in another foot or so the water will start seeping up through the floor."

In 2001, several feet of water flooded Slippery's. The restaurant also had six inches of water inside three years ago.

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