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Register your flood erosion damage now

Private landowners in south St Louis County who suffered land erosion problems from the June 20 flood are asked to register the damage immediately, and by August 15, 2012 at the latest. Land-based issues include erosion, landslides, stream bank failures or other shoreline collapses, for both commercial and residential properties.

Damage to structures and roads are being cataloged and assessed by other offices.

"We are now trying to assess and quantify erosion damage to help with future applications for funding," explains R.C. Boheim, District Manager of South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District. "Our staff will visit as many properties as possible before mid-August, to get a general idea of what needs to be done and how much it will cost."

In the special legislative session expected in late August, the state's Board of Water and Soil Resources is expected to allocate restoration funds under its disaster recovery program. Conservation districts regularly offer cost-share programs to private landowners for erosion control.

To register land-based problems from the June flood anywhere in south St. Louis County, including Duluth, call the South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District office at (218) 723-4867.

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