Cannon River flood news roundup and updates

Froggy Bottoms Sunday morning

For the latest updates, check the nflddotorg twitter page.
Vist's Flood Volunteer Headquarters (established in cooperation with the Emergency Disaster Command Center) to learn about clean-up opportunities.

The latest:

  • KYMN: St. Olaf's Ceas "explains the carp situation"
  • Northfield News: "'100-year flood' a misnomer"
  • Star Tribune: "With St. Paul closing roads under a local state of emergency, a list of damage piling up across the state and 20-pound carp swimming on the sidewalks of Northfield [see photos in story], the impact of last week's torrential rains across southern Minnesota is running on like a bad dream."
  • Northfield News: "While [Carleton] still doesn’t have a final damage estimate, officials believe the cost to clean up and repair several damaged buildings and the school’s track and field facilities may exceed $1 million."

Tuesday, Sept. 28:

  • Northfield News: "The Larsons were one of a handful of downtown Northfield business owners impacted by the record-high floodwaters. For them, and others strung out across the east and west side of the river, the recovery has just begun."
  • KYMN: "Carleton's Laird stadium will not be able to host any football games for the rest of the season. Saturday’s Carleton homecoming game will be played at Northfield High School’s field."

Monday, Sept. 27:

Sunday, Sept. 26:

  • Second and Fifth street bridges reopen.
  • "Carp by the thousands have 'gathered' on the River Walk and will need to be removed" as per KYMN
  • From downtown Northfield's Facebook page: "The Tavern is serving breakfast at the Grand."
  • A visual check Sunday morning shows the river receding, but it's still plenty high where it counts (see Sunday morning photo of Froggy Bottoms Pub at right).

Saturday, Sept. 25:

  • From the Northfield News Saturday night: "Because the National Weather Service gauge in Northfield is broken, no one was quite clear whether the final, highest crest had come and gone or not."
  • "Volunteers move NHS treasures to safety" from
  • From the Northfield News Saturday afternoon: "All the downtown bridges crossing the Cannon will remain closed until the Minnesota Department of Transportation can inspect the bridges for any structural damage. The deputy chief said that couldn’t happen until the floodwaters recede."
  • From the Northfield News Saturday morning: "The river had risen another three inches since midnight, according to incident commander Brian Edwards, and officials expect a crest at some point today."
  • From KYMN Radio Saturday morning: National Weather Service Meteorologist Mike Griesinger says "the Straight River in Faribault crested overnight at 15 feet, and that it’s likely Northfield 'may have seen the worst of the river rising.'"
  • Additional volunteers are not needed as of Saturday morning (but if that situation changes, will let you know).

Friday, Sept. 24:

  • The National Guard began patrolling downtown Northfield Friday night to help keep pedestrian and vehicle traffic off all bridges except Highway 3. The Guard will remain on duty throughout the weekend.
  • All downtown bridges remain closed, leaving Highway 3 the city's only route across the river. Eastbound Highway 19 is closed at Second Street (by Carleton College).
  • The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning until Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
  • City of Northfield Mayor Mary Rossing (who also happens to be public information officer for this incident; call her at 612.741.7713) declared a state of emergency Friday at 11 a.m.

Regional Media

  • Blog post from MPR's Bob Collins
  • "Floods make Carleton College sports complex a lake" from WCCO 4
  • Regional coverage of other flooded cities from the Star Tribune, Associated Press, and MPR
  • CNN iReport (which is just an image)
  • "Fields flooded, dorm rooms evacuated at Carleton College" from KSTP 5
  • "Thousands cleaning up today after record rains in Minn., Wis." from MPR

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Video from this morning

Some video taken by Tim Freeland, KYMN, from this morning.