Mayor, City of Northfield share flood update

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Mayor Graham’s Press Conference

June 19, 2014 8:30 a.m.

Introduction

Talking Points:

 

1.     Current conditions:  Northfield has received 1.25” of rain since last night.  Faribault received more, around the 2” range, not exactly sure.

2.     Gauges:

Straight River showing a slight decrease in Owatonna and Faribault.

Cannon River at County 29 in Northfield shows a slight increase.

The visual gauge at the Safety Center was at 4 feet 6 inches last night at 8p increasing to 4 feet 8 inches as of 7a today.

3.     City of Northfield will stay in the incident command structure for the next 12 hours.

4.     We will continue to monitor Owatonna, Faribault, Dakota County and other local sources.

5.     The media will be notified of any changes throughout the day.

6.     The city of Northfield has staffed an Emergency Operations Center. 

a.     City staff and existing agencies are working together to mitigate threats to the City and manage assets.  EOC staff are working closely with Rice County, City of Faribault, and other entities to make sure that we have the resources we need to continue to effectively manage this event.

7.     The EOC will be staffed as needed for the duration of the event.  Additional resources will be brought in if the situation warrants it.

8.     Chief Monte Nelson, NPD, is the acting incident commander.  He is supported by staff from Northfield Emergency Management, Northfield Public Works, Northfield Public Safety Agencies, Northfield Hospital and Clinics EMS and city staff.

9.     We are very appreciative of the efforts of local volunteers.

10.                        Volunteers can be coordinated through Candy Taylor, Northfield Shares, http://www.northfieldshares.org  (507) 581-3017

11.                        Volunteer needs are covered at this time.  If you do have an interest in volunteering contact Candy.  Currently, we do not need volunteers for city operations, nor do we need equipment or supplies.

12.                        We will be continuously monitoring the situation throughout the day.

13.                        We will update our strategies as needed. 

14.                        There are no public health risks at this time.  Persons needing emergency services should call 911.

15.                        As outlined in Resolution 2011-018 The City Council adopts the following flood preparedness priorities.

a.     Emergency response to situations that need immediate attention.  These would be situations to preserve life and or a threat of serious injury.

b.     Responder Safety

c.      City owned infrastructure and services preservation

 

The City would like to remind people to use caution and common sense when it comes to driving, parking, and where you are standing by the river.

 

Next scheduled update:  4:30p-5p today


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