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Jul 22

Storm Damage Funds

Posted on July 22, 2016 at 3:42 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 7/22/2016

Project updates: 

  • CD34 (Judson Twp.) The crews were doing well until last Saturday's rains hit.  They came to an area of standing water and will have to wait for a little bit drier conditions.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.) Efforts have been made to start de-watering some areas of ponding so crews can start digging again.  The de-watering includes installing pumps to move the standing water elsewhere to dry the areas of construction out.  All the rain in the last month and a half in this area has pushed this system from fragile to almost failure status. 

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.

JD36 tile collapse
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:

  • CD86 (Decoria Twp.) for the portion of this ditch system that has a buffer, I had a chance to inspect this.  For the most part, it is in great shape with a few tile collapses along the ditch that will need repair.  The tile portion of this system needs some help and hopefully we will have a repair solution for that tile section of the system yet this fall.
  • CD25 (Decoria Twp.) got called out for a landowner concern Wednesday 7/20 of a slough issue along the open ditch and some water backing up.  There was an issue with a new slough since my inspection in May.  My May inspection found multiple other issues of sloughs and multiple tile issues along the open ditch.  We plan to address these issues yet this fall or earlier if possible.

Upcoming Drainage Inspections - Week of July 25 - 29

  • CD 50 (Butternut Valley Twp.)
  • CD 27 (Butternut Valley Twp.)
  • CD 36 (Butternut Valley Twp.)
  • CD 93 (Decoria Twp.)

Old Wood Box Culvert
All Wood Box Culvert (not many's one of only two remaining in Blue Earth County)

             Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist