Severe storms call for MN Emergency Operations Center action

By KBJR News 1

Credit: MGN Online

Severe storms call for MN Emergency Operations Center action

June 16, 2014 Updated Jun 16, 2014 at 12:17 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Departments of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) are calling the flooding problems in southwestern and northern Minnesota urgent. HSEM is calling for state agencies to immediately assess the impact of the recent severe storms.

Areas of concern include the following:

Rock County :
–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.

Pipestone County:
–More than six inches of rainfall reported with the 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.

Koochiching County:
–Sandbagging continues in Koochiching County to protect: The water treatment, wastewater treatment facility and 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.

So far, no local officials have requested state resources.

Ramona Marozas
Rmarozas@kbjr.com