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Feb 26

Drainage Update 2/26/2020

Posted on February 26, 2020 at 7:48 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 2/25/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • CD52 (Sterling Twp.)  Blue Earth County Drainage will be hosting an informational landowner meeting for this public drainage system.  Those affected landowners should have received notice via U.S. Postal service.  This notification would have included details regarding the meeting time, agenda and location.                                                                                    

Drainage Minutes:

Things sure have been busy lately, just not with outside work.
  We have a lot of landowner meetings and hearings taking place, which will continue into the next month or so.  Those are all good signs that repairs and some projects are likely moving forward.  We have publicly bid our first major repair of the year.  Official bid awarding of our contractor has not happened, so I will not officially announce the contractor or the ditch system.  We just had another hearing this afternoon for a ditch system in the northeastern portion of the county.  We will be putting that repair out for public bid in the very near future.                                                                                                           

Spring Flooding:

Well if you’ve lived in Minnesota longer than ten minutes, you’ll know that our state is no stranger to spring flooding.  The National Weather Service is once again predicting 2020 spring flooding for areas of our state.  Some areas of our state are predicted to flood much worse than others.  The worst areas of predicted flooding are areas that are along our major rivers. 

This is probably starting to sound like a broken record, especially with how wet the last three or four years have been.  We keep setting new flood stage records, whether it’s new flood stage height or duration above flood stage, we are good at breaking our own records when it comes to water.

The National Weather Service has an Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, that is available for the public to use.  This service can provide simulated flooding predictions to many different areas throughout the state.  This information can be very helpful for communities and other road authorities that might use this tool as a way of preparing themselves each spring.  At the moment, Mankato is only predicted to have minor areas of possible flooding this spring.  That all could change in a minute, as does most of the weather in our state.  For more information or to check out the data and play around with the National Weather Service map, click the link.                                                                                        

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No change from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  No updates given from last week.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  No updates from last week. 
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  We have a contractor for this large-scale cleaning and repair.  Official bid awarding has not yet happened.  Cleaning and repairs are expected to start spring time 2020.   

A common southern Minnesota site along many of our ditches.  Is it snow? Is it dirt?  Or is it Snirt?

Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • No inspections from last week.

We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist