ST. PAUL — Widespread power outages continue in southwestern Minnesota and debris removal is a top priority; the northeast corner of the state remains under a winter storm warning.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is partially activated, as it has been since Wednesday morning. 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.
Recent SEOC Activities
- Compiled and provided a list of private debris removal contractors to assist local communities
- HSEM Regional Program Coordinators in south central Minnesota are in affected areas meeting with local community officials and providing status reports to SEOC
- Windom city officials plan to hold a meeting at 5 p.m. Friday to discuss status of recovery which currently includes debris removal
- Cottonwood County commissioners will meet at noon and may issue a county emergency declaration
- South Central Electrical Cooperative reports 300 customers are without power
- Debris removal is underway but many residents haven’t had a chance to get the debris to the curb
- City of Worthington declared snow emergency Friday through Monday
- Power in Worthington is expected to be restored by midnight tonight
- City of Lismore has full power
- Debris management and collection plan being developed
- Cites of Fulda and Chandler have power restored
- National Guard Armory in Luverne continues to house 35 juveniles from a nearby facility.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
- All highways in northeastern Minnesota are currently open but driving is difficult. Strong winds and blowing snow are causing low visibility, slippery spots and drifting. The snow is expected to continue for the remainder of the day and travel will remain difficult.
- Southwestern Minnesota
- Cleaning damage at Adrian rest stop, the MnDOT shop in Worthington and near the junction of I-90 and TH 59
- Experiencing power outages at rest areas in the towns of Worthington and Adrian
- Re-opened the Des Moines and Clear Lake rest areas
Minnesota Department of Health
- Regional staff continue to check in with long term care facilities in Rock and Nobles counties for emerging issues. None reported at this time.
Minnesota State Patrol – last 24 hours
- 321 crashes
- 353 vehicles off the road
- 6 jackknifed semis
- 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.
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.