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Posted on July 22, 2016 at 3:42 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/22/2016
State Storm Damage Funds Awarded:
Blue Earth County was awarded storm damage funds Thursday, July 21, 2016. These funds are being awarded from the Minnesota public disaster funds. Nicollet County also received some funding locally as well. The worst hit areas of Blue Earth County were the Cambria and Butternut Valley Township areas. The approximately $452,000 of funding will go to multiple road washouts and utility failures. This is a much needed awarding, as the dollar amount totals from these badly damaged storm areas continues to still grow.
Blue Earth County public drainage systems in these areas took a very hard hit. There is a lot of 100 year old tile in these two townships that got hit hard and in some areas failed. The stretches of open ditch in this area are in need of major repair. These repairs of open ditch and tile will hopefully get started this fall and may linger into next spring.
Tile Collapse JD36
CD 35 Landowners Meeting:
Yesterday, July 21, 2016, was our CD35 landowners' meeting. CD 35 (Mapleton Twp.) has had a history of sloughing issues along the open ditch system. ISG presented the landowners a few options on how to repair these issues on the open ditch, along with some ideas about the tile portion of the system. After some good discussions from landowners, the decision to do a few experimental ideas on the open ditch was agreed upon.
There are multiple reasons as to why this open ditch system keeps having issues, some of them being, unstable soils that hold too much moisture and don’t promote vegetation growth, steep heavy side banks and lots of additional system tile that drains into the system. This combination of things makes for a tricky recipe when trying to come up with one solid idea on how to handle the problem. Repairs to the open ditch system will hopefully start this fall or sooner.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of July 18 – July 25:
Upcoming Drainage Inspections - Week of July 25 - 29
All Wood Box Culvert (not many left...it's one of only two remaining in Blue Earth County)
Drainage Management Specialist