ST. PAUL — Flooding continues to be a challenge across the state. Areas in northwest Minnesota, including Marshall County, received up to four inches of rain overnight Monday. The rain caused the Middle River in Marshal to rise. Streets are flooded and sandbagging operations are underway in the town of Middle River.
- There are 8 state roadways or river crossings closed due to flooding.
- Two Minnesota River crossings in the southwest metro, Hwy 41 near Chaska and the Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River are closed.
- MnDOT has also installed a dike to protect I-35W near Burnsville.
- In greater Minnesota, Hwy 169 from St. Peter to LeSueur is closed, as well as several other state roads in the vicinity of Henderson and St. Peter.
- Check 511mn.org www.dot.state.mn.us/flood/ for flood closing information.
Volunteer agencies and organizations continue to provide a wide variety of assistance in all areas affected by recent storms.
- The Southwest Minnesota Cattleman's Association is providing feed for displaced cattle. The Minnesota Horse Council is standing by to provide additional feed if necessary.
- Mennonite Disaster Services will assist with repair of pasture fences in the area beginning June 30 in Rock County.
- Catholic United Response, NECHAMA - Jewish Response to Disaster and International Orthodox Christian Church volunteers and staff continue to provide cleanup assistance in the Rock County area. They are also assessing needs in Pipestone County.
- The Salvation Army and American Red Cross (ARC) continue feeding, as well as distribution of clean up kits and other support in the International Falls Area.
- Several voluntary agencies including the ARC, the Salvation Army and Adventist Community Services are providing clean up kits to communities all across the state.
- Red Cross of Northern MN in cooperation with Salvation Army, is providing hydration and feeding for responders and volunteers in Koochiching County.
Governor Dayton visits flood areas
Governor Dayton traveled to Delano, Chaska, Belle Plaine, and Mendota today to assess flood damage, meet with local emergency managers, and discuss flood prevention and mitigation efforts. State emergency management officials and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Mona Dohman joined the governor.
Cabinet Reviews Flood Situation, Discusses Response Efforts
Governor Dayton convened members of his Cabinet yesterday for a meeting of the Minnesota Recovers Task Force. During the meeting, the state’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Kris Eide, briefed the Governor and Cabinet on continued flooding throughout the state, and the state’s ongoing disaster response efforts.
State of Emergency extended
Governor Dayton and Minnesota’s Executive Council voted unanimously to extend Executive Order 14-11 for a period of 30 days. The Executive Order – which was issued by Governor Dayton on June 19 in response to widespread flooding across Minnesota – declares a Peacetime State of Emergency in 35 counties. The State of Emergency will now remain in effect until Tuesday, July 22. The order provides state resources, and engages state agencies in disaster response efforts.
Corps of Engineers assisting communities following historic rain, flooding
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is providing technical and direct assistance to communities following historic rain events this month.
The Corps sent flood engineers to communities along the Rainy, Minnesota and Mississippi rivers to assist local responders fighting the recent floods. The engineers are providing information on how to build sandbag levees, protect critical infrastructure and monitor the levees for potential issues.
The Corps of Engineers urges everyone to use extreme caution near flood waters. Please avoid any unnecessary activities near high waters during flood events, and remember to always wear a life jacket while on the water. Also, please avoid driving through flood waters as the road conditions and currents may be worse than they appear.
Flooding can affect natural gas meters
The Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety (MNOPS) reminds homeowners to call their gas company if their meter or regulator has been under water or if it may have been damaged. MNOPS says homeowners should not attempt to attempt any repairs on this equipment.
Contact a qualified heating contractor to make sure furnaces and water heater are still in proper working order if water flooded the basement.
MNOPS reminds homeowners to always call 911 if they notice a rotten egg smell; it could be natural gas.
Minnesota pipeline officials are out surveying communities and will deal with natural gas emergencies as necessary.