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NEWS RELEASE

Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
CONTACT:
Julie Anderson  651-201-7576
julie.anderson@state.mn.us
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2014
Severe Storms Prompt Activation of State Emergency Operations Center
Department of Public Safety and State Agencies Meet to Assess Impact

​ST. PAUL — The Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) activated the State Emergency Operations Center to help officials in southwestern and northern Minnesota respond to damage from recent severe storms.

Level III is a partial activation that requires staff from HSEM to meet with officials from various state agencies to determine whether state resources are necessary to recover from the damage. Currently no local officials have requested state resources.   

  • HSEM staff members continue to monitor severe weather predictions for today and were in regular contact this weekend with local and regional emergency management officials to monitor damage in Rock, Pipestone, Koochiching and St. Louis Counties.

    Rock County
    • High water in Rock County prompted officials to close I-90 and advise no travel during the weekend.
    • • Local officials are conducting damage assessments on 12 township and county roads.

    Pipestone County
    • More than six inches of rainfall reported with recent storm
  •  The Edgerton area reported flooded roads in 75 locations.
    • The CSAH 1 Bridge is closed at the Rock County/Pipestone County line due to road washout.

    Koochiching County
    • Sandbagging continues in Koochiching County to protect:
    o The water treatment, wastewater treatment facility
    o Homes and businesses
    • Rising lakes and rivers, primarily Rainy Lake, the Rainy River, Little Fork River and Big Fork River are the main concern

    St. Louis County
    • Sandbagging to protect homes and businesses from the rising Bratt Brook River is underway.   
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