STAFF BLOG CAPITOL CHATTER MN notebook: Staffs begin talking about special storm session
By Don Davis
Minnesota Gov. Mark Daytons staff has begun discussions about whether a special legislative session is needed to appropriate the states portion of funds to recover from June storms.
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EH? PLUS Free festival tickets for flood victims
It has been a year, but the organizers behind the Twin Ports Bridge Festival still are thinking about last years flood.
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OH LOOK, A SHINY THING! The Whole Story in 12 Words
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STORM TRACKER Pumping Water
I posted this to my twitter account (@darylritchison), but I thought I would post it here quickly as well. But New Orleans, LA has the ability to pump nearly 50,000 cfs of water out of the city. Last ... Posted on 8/29/12 at 10:12 AM
The city will close Elm Street from 14th to 15th avenues today due to minor Red River flooding. That portion of the road will close at 6 p.m. and will remain closed until floodwaters recedes, the city stated in a news release.
Because Devils Lake fell three feet last year, probably won’t rise much higher than that this year and the Tolna Coulee might not overflow and erode, people downstream don’t appear to be too worried.
They should be. Here’s why.
While North Dakotans and Minnesotans in or near the Red River Valley were spared the worst of the flooding that many were predicting this spring, recent history shows that concerns for flooding still remain.
Brent Nelson, emergency manager for Walsh County, said crews continued to monitor the rising Park River, which was at 13.42 feet in the city early Wednesday, approached 16 feet by late afternoon and was projected to reach a record 16.5 feet late Wednesday or early Thursday.
The Red River crest appears to be on its way out of Drayton, N.D., based on National Weather Service data. As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the latest forecast shows it was at 39.79 feet, part of a gradual fall since the apparent crest of 39.94 feet on Wednesday.
The state will commit to its $450 million share of the Fargo-Moorhead area Red River diversion project if the Legislature agrees to amendments that were put into the State Water Commission budget Thursday.
Volunteers at Sandbag Central here reached their goal of filling a million sandbags – one day earlier than planned. Fargo Enterprise Director Bruce Grubb said 1,004,200 sandbags were filled as of 7 p.m. Thursday.
Fargo officials are preparing for volunteers to fill sandbags. The city plans to fill 1 million sandbags in preparation for spring flood along the Red River and its tributaries. Half of those bags will be available to Cass County residents.
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