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Carefest volunteers work on the Zumbro Falls park during the clean-up and rebuilding in 2011

Communities in the Zumbro River Valley know what it means to help each other out!

 The 2010 "100-year" flood taught everyone—once again—that 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.

Partners 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 asset—the Zumbro River Valley.

We hope you get to know us through this website... and come to visit us soon!


Explore The Zumbro is a collaboration of cities, businesses and organizations that are in or near the Zumbro River Valley in eastern Goodhue and Wabasha Counties in southeastern Minnesota..
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