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Zumbro Falls meets Minnesota Design Team


ZUMBRO FALLS, Minn. (KTTC) -- Residents of Zumbro Falls and surrounding communities met Friday three years after the area was destroyed by floodwater to plan for the future.

Members of the Minnesota Design Team are in town to help residents realize their visions for the future.

Friday's meeting was held in the VFW hall which just three years ago was under six feet of water.

In total, Zumbro falls and Hammond lost about 50 buildings and they're still trying to recover.

Friday residents met with members of the Minnesota Design Team to brainstorm ideas on how to improve the communities.

The team is a group of volunteer architects, landscape artists, city planners and financial advisers that can help make small town development plans a reality.

One of the biggest concerns for residents is how they are going to use the area's available green space.

"We don't have the resources in small towns and we're certainly not experts in city planning but these guys are and they can come down and they can give us the ideas and take what ideas we have and how we can use them to really make them be beneficial for the community," said Al Christenson the Zumbro Falls Mayor.

Throughout the day Saturday the Minnesota Design team will work to put together plans for the ideas discussed Friday.

Another meeting will be held Saturday night so that residents can see the result of that work and get a better idea of how they can move their communities forward.

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