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Posted on July 28, 2020 at 3:44 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/28/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Blue Earth County has recently started hosting board meetings and some drainage hearings virtually. Blue Earth County staff has been using a combination of live-streaming video and conference call-in options. Notices sent out for drainage hearings will include all necessary information for our constituents to attend these hearings virtually via internet or through the call-in option.
Not much of anything exciting to report in the world of water and drainage, at least from my normal news sources. However, those of us that live in Blue Earth County experienced lots of excitement over the weekend, some of us to the tune of 8 inches or more. Just because there isn’t much going on in the media in terms of drainage, doesn’t mean we can’t make our own news. This past Saturday, July 25, 2020, was a flash flood situation for many areas of Blue Earth County.
We had reports from ¾ of an inch to over 8.5 inches of rain that feel last Saturday, mostly between midnight and 9 am Sunday. I can’t say that it’s been a long time since we’ve had a super soaker like this, because it wasn’t terribly long ago that Cambria and Butternut townships received very large amounts of rain overnight also.
Well ,besides the rain last Saturday night…did anyone get out and enjoy the weekend? I, along with a few partners in crime, did some river tubing down the Blue Earth and Minnesota Rivers. I have included a map of our route we took, but we started at Red Jacket Park and ended in Mankato at Riverfront park. This may have been one of the longest floats I’ve been on in my life. Looking at the map it doesn’t seem like a long distance, but when the water levels are low and very little flow to the water, things take a while. It took us around six hours to float that distance. Maybe next time we will do kayak’s which should drastically speed up the pace. Despite popping one of the tubes on a tree branch, the adventure was a great success and we all made it back home safely. Photos from below include our route we floated and a couple views from riding the river.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
Do you have questions or topics about drainage that you would like to here more about? If you would like me to incorporate those concerns or topics in one of my future blogs, please feel free to email me at the listed email address below.
We have multiple contractors making repairs across the county currently. Please report repair issues to our drainage staff as soon as you notice them, as this will expedite the time in getting those repairs made.
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.
Drainage Management Specialist