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NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Bruce Gordon  (651) 276-1561
bruce.gordon@state.mn.us
Lead PIO  (651) 201-7477
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2013
Major Spring Snow Storm Update #3
ST PAUL — Difficult travel, power outages and large amounts of debris continue to pose significant challenges for southwestern Minnesota communities.
 
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) remains on Level III which is partial activation. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is coordinating with the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the State Patrol the Minnesota Department of Health, the National Guard and the DPS division of Emergency Communication Networks. 
 
SEOC
  • Coordinated the delivery of two hundred bottles of portable oxygen to Luverne and Worthington to ensure an uninterrupted supply for residents in need.
  • Coordinated the delivery of fuel to supply a generator when needed at the Luverne National Guard Armory.
  • Identifying debris removal contractors to assist Nobles and Rock counties 
 
State Patrol
 
Southwestern Minnesota Incident data for Tuesday, April 9 through Thursday, April 11: 
  • Rochester Area District
    • 40 Vehicles off road
    • 24 property damage crashes
    • 7 injury crashes
  • Mankato Area District
    • 43 Vehicles off road
    • 10 property damage crashes
    • 1 injury crash
  • Marshall Area District
    • 45 vehicles off road
    • 19 property damage crashes
    • 2 injury crashes

Statewide Incident data for 5-10 a.m. Thursday, April 11:

  • 289 Vehicles off  road
  • 169 property damage crashes
  • 18 injury crashes 

Nobles County

  • Planning partial activation of Emergency Operations Center in re-opened government center

Rock County

  • County Emergency Operations Center fully activated.
  • Three thousand customers are without landline 911 service due to power outages. Local officials are asking customers to use their cell phones to call 911 or go to a nearby fire station or law enforcement agency for assistance.  
  • National Guard Armory in Luverne continues to house 35 juveniles from a nearby facility.

DNR

  • Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne has closed its campground through Sunday, April 21 due to ice-storm damage.
  • No campers were in the park during the storm and no one was injured.

Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • The Minnesota Department of Transportation is advising motorists in southwestern Minnesota to remain cautious. Driving conditions have improved but remain difficult due to blowing snow and slippery conditions.

About the Minnesota Department Public Safety

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) comprises 11 divisions where 2,100 employees operate programs in the areas of law enforcement, crime victim assistance, traffic safety, alcohol and gambling, emergency communications, fire safety, pipeline safety, driver licensing, vehicle registration and emergency management. DPS activity is anchored by three core principles: education, enforcement and prevention.

About the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Homeland Security and Emergency Management helps Minnesotans prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies and disasters. HSEM staff members are helping Minnesota communities recover from seven federally declared disasters from 2010 through 2012. 

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