Steps taken in recent years to better deal with deluges of water have spared some Minnesota communities from damage they tended to see when lakes and rivers rose in the past.
Minnesota Public Radio News is highlighting some of the flood-fighting efforts by towns that removed homes, built levies or redesigned landscape.
Owatonna, Inver Grove Heights and New Ulm are among the places that erected levies or took homes from flood plains to minimize future damage. And it has largely paid off.
Winona completed its permanent dike system in the mid-1980s and since then has not experienced any significant flooding. The record high river level in Winona was in 1965 when the Mississippi crested at 20.77 feet. In 2001 the river crested at 20.07 feet.
Wednesday the river crested at about 15.5 feet in Winona and is falling slowly.