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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Julie Anderson  651-201-7576
June 17, 2014
Severe Storm Update 1: State Emergency Operations Center Remains Activated
Reports from Across State Coming into SEOC

​ST. PAUL — The Department of Public Safety Homeland Security and Emergency Management division (HSEM) is in contact with community leaders and emergency managers in regions affected by recent severe storms.

The State Emergency Operations Center remains activated at level III to help officials in southern 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.   
The latest information reported to the State Emergency Operations Center:

Metro Area

City of St Paul
  • An emergency declaration has been forwarded to the mayor in accordance with the city’s response guidelines.
  • The Mississippi River at St. Paul is expected to rise above 15 feet. At that level, additional erosion is expected along Water Street.

Southeast Region

Blue Earth County
  • Residents and officials are dealing with downed power lines and trees.
  • Power has been restored in most locations except for Beauford.
Faribault County
  • Countywide heavy wind damage including personal property blown away (grills, trampolines, etc.), trees down, countywide.
  • Street flooding and some buildings appear to be lifted off their foundations.
Freeborn County
  • Northwest part of county hardest hit with sheds, bins and other structures damaged.
  • Cities of Alden, Emmons and Conger are pumping to protect treatment plan and private wells.
Steele County, City of Owatonna
  • All creeks, streams and rivers are at capacity and further rain could cause them to overflow their banks.

Southwest Region

Martin County
  • Damage assessments are underway.
Sibley County
  • Damage assessment in progress.
  • City of Arlington has wind damage from the weekend. 

Pipestone County

  • County has signed a Declaration of Emergency

Northern Minnesota

Koochiching County
  • The Sheriff, County Commissioners and the department heads met to put together County-based damage assessment teams.
  • Lake of the Woods and Koochiching counties ordered more sandbags this morning.
  • Rainy Lake is predicted to crest in mid-July.
St. Louis County
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) delivered 16,000 sandbags to Kabetogama.
HSEM staff members continue to monitor severe weather predictions for the coming week and remain in contact with local officials to make sure any needs for state assistance are met.
MnDOT provides current road conditions across the state are available at
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 100 | Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101-5155 |