ST. PAUL — Local and state officials continue to respond to flooding caused by recent heavy rains throughout Minnesota.
The Minnesota National Guard is sending 20 soldiers to Henderson to provide levee and lift stations support. This is in addition to the 100 soldiers deployed to Koochiching County on Thursday.
Governor Mark Dayton, Senator Amy Klobuchar, Senator Al Franken, State Emergency Management Director Kris Eide, and Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson are visiting flood-affected communities in southern Minnesota today. They are meeting with local emergency management officials in Edgerton, Luverne, and Montevideo, and will assess the impact of storm damage in the region.
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) began deploying temporary sections of floodwall at the St. Paul Downtown Airport. This is in preparation for potential flooding along the Mississippi river in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is fully activated and responding to requests for assistance from communities across Minnesota.
The latest information reported to the State Emergency Operations Center:
• HSEM staff continue to coordinate with local officials to provide assistance
• Regional Program Coordinators are meeting with impacted local communities.
Department of Corrections
• Sentenced to Serve crews are assisting with sandbagging operations
Department of Natural Resources
• Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne and Franz Jevne State park in Koochiching County remain closed.
• Ramsey County/City of St. Paul
o The St. Paul City EOC will activate Friday morning.
o The city’s Emergency Declaration will be signed on Monday
o Rail is being impacted – Union Pacific, BNSF and CP are beginning closures and mitigation. Impacts to eight tracks – now closed.
o Water Street remains closed
o Closed on Friday morning for levy construction:
Jackson St –Kellogg to Shepard
Sibley St – Kellogg to Shepard
o Closing Saturday:
Shepard Road from Eagle Parkway to Hwy 61
o Union Depot has flooding concerns – will monitor catch basin and close gates if needed
o When the river reaches 17 inches, Harriet Island will not be usable They are determining the possible impact on the Taste of Minnesota
o Mudslide at Crosby Farm Regional Park – Crosby Farm Road is closed
o Several reports of basement flooding
o City of Vadnais Heights reporting an embankment along 35E collapsed onto Centerville Road
o City of Maplewood reporting County Road B under 35E was closed due to flooding
• Hennepin County/Minneapolis
o Hill collapse at the U of M last night. Workers were asked to leave. Assessment ongoing.
o Methodist Hospital – minor flooding
• Koochiching County
o 110 National Guard arrived on Thursday to assist in the flood response
o The county received a sand bag machine from Norman County and continues to use a sandbag machine on loan from Roseau County
• Rice County
o All trains have been suspended 6 miles north and 30 miles south of the county. One of their bridges is completely under water and the tracks have water in between them with trees up against them.
o Still several roads closed, although some are reopening
• Sibley County Henderson
o Declared a state of emergency
o City of Henderson
Requested 20 National Guard soldiers
No evacuations – the city is monitoring hills in the area
5 families sheltering in local hotels – 2 homes destroyed, 3 at risk
o One retaining wall compromised
o Flood wall installed on highways 93 and 19 Wednesday
• McLeod County
o Declared a state of emergency
• Brown County
o City of New Ulm
Cottonwood St. Bridge is closed.
Many basements with water.
Public Works is pumping water to the river side of the berm
• Chippewa County
o Two tornado touchdowns in the county. One on the ground for about 30 seconds and one for a few minutes. No damage or injuries reported
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