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      Ten years later, city prepared to face major disaster

      It was 10 years ago that the Montreal River in Ironwood reached levels that threatened some area businesses and homes.

      Thanks to a major sandbagging effort by the community, fewer than ten homes were destroyed by the flood. The City of Ironwood says they used the unfortunate event to re-evaluate their emergency plan, and they'll be ready if another flood occurs. They say they've also removed some of the dead vegetation from the river that may create flood building dams.

      "It woke up our eyes to keep our emergency management plan current, when something happens we don't hesitate to refer to that," City Utilities Manager Bob Terbonen said.

      Ironwood was declared a federal disaster area following the flood. Since then, the city has used FEMA dollars to restore some roads and do some system improvements.