Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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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