ST PAUL — Impacts of the major spring storm are now affecting a wider portion of Minnesota. The city of Windom spent much of the day without power, certain residents in Cottonwood and Jackson counties are being asked to conserve water and Duluth police have asked residents to avoid unnecessary travel.
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
- 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 at the Luverne National Guard Armory.
- Identifying debris removal contractors to assist Nobles and Rock counties
Red Rock Rural Water System
The Red Rock Rural Water System, which serves rural families and farmers in eight counties is without power and is currently not functioning. The Red Rock Rural Water System is requesting that its members in Cottonwood and Jackson Counties conserve water through Monday, April 15. This is precautionary. Generators are being used to supply power; however, limiting of non-essential water use will help us provide continued water service for your livestock and domestic needs.
- City of Windom has declared a state of emergency and after spending much of the day without power had it restored at 3:50 p.m.
- City of Worthington extends state of emergency. City is advising residents to use contractors certified by the city. All contractors must report to city hall for a background and insurance check.
- Still experiencing rolling blackouts in Worthington.
- Three thousand customers continue to be 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.
- Duluth police are asking residents in that area to stay home and travel only if necessary due to the major spring storm now impacting the Twin Ports area. Officer Jim Hanson told the JIC there have been at least 30 crashes in the city since noon. At 3p.m. he was reporting whiteout conditions and officers were physically blocking areas on steep roads in the city to prohibit dangerous travel.
Minnesota State Patrol
- Minnesota Incident data for Tuesday, April 9 through noon Thursday, April 11
- 415 crashes
- 475 vehicles off road
- 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.