June 2014 Flood

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UPDATE: There are currently no severe weather watches or warnings in effect.


The forecast from the National Weather Service can be found here

For more flood-related information, photos, and videos, click Read more.

Warnings, Briefings, and  State of Emergency

State of Emergency was declared in Northfield on Wednesday, June 18, at 1:45 pm due to flooding. The 4th Street Bridge was closed on Wednesday, June 18 due to flooding, as were the pedestrian bridge downtown and the bike bridge from Babcock to Sechler Park. Babcock and Sechler Parks were closed due to flooding. 

Rice County has posted a flash flood warning, with a list of road closures; the press release can be found here.

Gov. Dayton has included Rice County in his State of Emergency declaration, which can be found here

Here's a press release on the mayor's Thursday afternoon briefing on the flooding situation.

A report of the mayor's Thursday morning press conference on flood conditions can be found here

What do I need to know to prepare for flooding? 

The City of Northfield's Emergency Preparedness webpage is here

How high is the river?

You can find the current gauge height of the Cannon River at the Second Street Bridge here or here.  You can also find a comparison of high water marks in previous floods here

How can I volunteer to help?

The call for volunteers is here. You can offer to volunteer by contacting Candy Taylor of Northfield Shares at (507) 581-3017. 

Are there any road closures due to flooding?

Check out the MNDOT flood page.

Has flooding caused any cancellations?

The Northfield Family YMCA Wee Camp will be held at the Armory next week. Preschoolers in the Park on Monday, June 23rd will be held at Spring Creek Park in Northfield instead of Dundas. Questions? Call the Y at (507) 645-0088

The Carleton College Lighten Up Garage Sale, scheduled for Friday, June 20, at West Gym, has been postponed. No further information is available at this time. You can check the Carleton College Center for Community and Civic Engagement Facebook page for more information. 

The Community Band performance in Bridge Square, scheduled for Thursday evening, June 19 has also been cancelled. Details may be found here

How can I apply for disaster relief?

Here's an update from Rep. David Bly with information on disaster aid.  

Can I see pictures of the flooding?

Northfield.org has an album of flood photos here. KYMN has an album of flood photos here. MPR's Bob Collins has blogged on the flooding in Northfield, featuring a Northfield.org photo, on his NewsCut blog. 

If you are tweeting or posting information about the flood on Twitter or Facebook, consider adding the hashtag #nfldflood2014

Here are Northfield.org archives of coverage of the September 2010 flood and the July 2013 flood. And here is a photo of the Cannon River on March 23, 2011

What are conditions like in the rest of the state?

Conditions are bad throughout southern Minnesota, including the metro area. If you're planning to head to the Mall of America, be aware of flooding on Cedar Avenue just south of the mall. KARE-11 posted a video to Facebook.

For a survey of flooding around the state, see the MPR News story "Heavy rains trigger flooding, havoc across Minnesota." You can also follow MPR's Updraft blog or Paul Douglas's StarTribune On Weather blog.

Live updates from MPR News can be found here

A flash flood warning is in effect in the metro.

Is there video of the flooding?

Here's a 19-second video of the Cannon River, taken from the 2nd Street Bridge late Thursday morning, June 19:

Here's a 38-second video by Tim Freeland originally posted on the KYMN website:

Aerial video from KSTP 5 Eyewitness News:

Aerial video from KARE-11 posted on Facebook.