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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
EOC Lead PIO  (651) 201-7477
June 23, 2014
Protective Measures in Place As Rivers Begin to Crest
Minnesota Recovers Task Force and Executive Council Meet
​ST. PAUL —  Rivers across Minnesota continue to crest at or above major flood stage in many areas following more than a week of heavy rain. Communities in the affected area have protective measures in place and continue to monitor river levels.
Minnesota Recovers Task Force
Governor Mark Dayton will convene a meeting today of the Minnesota Recovers Task Force (MRTF)  to discuss programs state agencies have available to assist with the flood recovery.
The MRTF includes federal, state and local agencies working together to prioritize and coordinate the disaster recovery efforts by its member agencies.  It was created to provide a one-stop-shop for local governments to seek recovery assistance following a disaster.
Executive Council
Governor Dayton will also convene a meeting today of the Executive Council to extend the State of Emergency for 35 Minnesota Counties. The Executive Council consists of the Governor and constitutional officers. Executive Council action is needed to extend the emergency declaration for up to 30 days.
Flooding impacts roads around the state
MnDOT has closed 15 river crossings or roadways due to flooding.
  • In the Twin Cities Metro area, two Minnesota River crossings, Hwy 41 near Chaska and Hwy 101 in Shakopee, are closed. MnDOT has done work to protect I-35W near Burnsville.
  • The Stillwater Lift Bridge is closed.
  • In greater Minnesota, the most significant closure is Hwy 169 between St. Peter and Mankato.
  • More closings may be required as rivers continue to rise across the state. Check the MnDOT flood page and for updates.
Private water wells contaminated with flood water can pose health risk
Heavy rains causing overland and flash flooding have put some Minnesota homeowners' private wells under water and threatens many others. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising well owners that private water wells contaminated with flood water can pose a health risk. So it's important to take precautions to protect your well and your health before flooding, if possible, and take corrective actions if your well is flooded. Learn more from the Minnesota Department of Health.
State Parks
Some state parks and state recreation areas have storm-related damage, flooding, and closures.
  • Blue Mounds State Park is closed until further notice due to flooding.
  • Fort Snelling State Park is closed due to flooding along the Mississippi River in St. Paul.
  • Franz Jevne State Park is closed due to flooding along the Rainy River.
Disaster Relief Grants Available for Minnesota Veterans and Families
The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) is offering Disaster Relief Grants for reimbursable expenses to Veterans in the 35 counties named in Governor Dayton’s State of Emergency declaration. Veterans, their families, and surviving spouses may be eligible for a disaster relief grant of up to $1,000 if they have not received other state or federal assistance. Read more about the MDVA grants.
Minnesota National Guard
The Minnesota National Guard missions continue with 100 soldiers in Koochiching County and 20 soldiers in Henderson.
River Levels and Predicted Crests
Level (projected)
Crow River
·         Watertown-Mayer
Crested Sunday at 17.4 feet
·         Delano
Cresting today at 20.8 feet
·         Rockford
Cresting Tuesday at 15.1
Mississippi River
·         St. Paul
Cresting Thursday at 20.5 feet
·         Hastings
Cresting Thursday at 19 feet
·         Downstream from Hastings
Cresting Friday or Saturday
Minnesota River
·         Montevideo
Cresting Wednesday at 17.6 feet
·         Henderson
Cresting Wednesday at 739.9 feet
·         Mankato
Cresting Tuesday at 25.9 feet
·         Jordan
Cresting Thursday at 33 feet
·         Granite Falls            
Cresting Thursday at 888.9 feet

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