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MEDIA ALERT: HISTORIC FORESTVILLE CLOSED DUE TO WEEKEND FLOODING
Site staff is cleaning and assessing damage, site to re-open as soon as possible
Flooding in Fillmore County, Minnesota has caused the Historic Forestville site to close to the public until further notice. Water has surrounded various historic buildings and has made the main street to the site impassable. The South Branch of the Root River hit flood stage early this morning and has started to recede. Site staff are working to pump water from the buildings and to assess damage.
County officials are inspecting and repairing roads and surveying damage and Gov. Tim Pawlenty is visiting neighboring Houston County to tour flood damage there. For updates, please check http://sites.mnhs.org/historic-sites/historic-forestville.
The historic village of Forestville is located on the banks of the South Branch of the Root River just downstream from the confluence with Forestville Creek. In the 1850s the stream provided power for milling of grain and lumber, which in turn provided an economic base for the community. As milling changed to large centralized urban operations, and with the advent of railroads which bypassed Forestville, the town declined. The Minnesota Historical Society now operates the village as a living history site.