Carefest volunteers work on the Zumbro Falls park during
the clean-up and rebuilding in 2011
in the Zumbro River Valley know what it means to help
each other out!
The 2010 "100-year"
flood taught everyoneonce againthat we need
to work together! When the Zumbro River spilled
over its banks in September 2010, circumstances changed
dramatically for some communities on the river. In
Zumbro Falls, 60 of 95 homes and 20 businesses were
damaged or destroyed by flood waters. In
Hammond, 75 out of its 100 buildings were damaged with
20 buildings destroyed outright. That
was the "reset" event, for those two small
towns. Neighboring communities and area organizations
came together and helped the towns' residents with the
first phase of clean-up and rebuilding. As people
have worked together, there has been a growing awareness
that we need to work together to find the solutions
to our problems. Whether it's flood mitigation
or business development, the best strategy will be comprehensive.
lends a hand
Just as response to the flooding by nearby communities
helped speed the recovery, new partnerships in the Zumbro
Valley hope to speed an economic recovery. Organizations
that include Zumbro & Friends and Coming Alongside
continue to work on the physical and spiritual recovery,
while Renewing the Countryside, a national non-profit,
is assisting communities with economic planning.
Renewing the Countryside conducted
a series of community meetings in Zumbrota, Mazeppa,
Zumbro Falls, Millville, Plainview, and Wabasha Consensus
to facilitate consensus about economic development.
Representatives from each town agreed that we
need to work together on economic development goals.
And the best way to achieve overall growth is
to market our most unique assetthe Zumbro River
We hope you get to know us through
this website... and come to visit us soon!