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What a difference one week makes. From April’s historic blizzard to a weekend of the warmest temperatures of the year, the snow is melting at a quick pace. That means, areas around Minnesota’s rivers and streams could see localized flooding. The Twin Cities National Weather Service is closely monitoring flood warnings. Meteorologists say as long as we don’t get any rain in the coming days, there shouldn’t be major flooding. A stretch of Highway 93, outside of Henderson in Sibley County, closed for part of the weekend due to water over the road. Remember—it only takes 12 inches of fast-moving water to carry a car away. Turn around, don’t drown! Do not drive cars through flooded areas. Review flood safety measures here.
Dozens of Minnesota school districts have requested school safety assessments following several incidents around the country. The Minnesota School Safety Center (MnSSC) staff are fulfilling those requests in cities like Montevideo, Eyota and the Twin Cities. The assessments bring together administrators, educators, law enforcement and emergency managers as they consider, “What keeps you up at night?” They also tour school buildings to identify safety concerns and other hazards such as:
At a recent visit in Byron, MnSSC staff also guided district officials through safety training, drill protocols and safety best practices.
Despite winter’s tight grip, spring is here in Minnesota. It won’t be long before we see thunderstorms roll into the state. It’s a good time to refresh your family’s emergency plan should severe weather strike.
Minnesotans should stay alert and be prepared for the following safety threats:
Two days after digging out of Minnesota’s historic April snowstorm, we’re finally starting to see the damaging effects.
HSEM recovery staff are working with both counties to schedule preliminary damage assessments to determine if the damages will be eligible for reimbursement through the State Disaster Contingency Account.
Video Description: This video shows what happens behind the scenes during an exercise in the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC).