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Posted on September 23, 2016 at 4:07 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 9/23/2016
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
CD34 project running south along easterly side of CSAH 112
CD28 pump: pumping 2,600 gallons per minute over 1.8 miles.
It’s Officially Now Fall 2016:
Yesterday was officially the first day of fall for 2016. In case you haven’t been out and about in the countryside lately, harvest 2016 has begun. Many farmers have started taking corn out this past week in areas that are dry enough to get to. Corn has been drying down at very quick rates this past month, and soybeans are close behind. Yields should be fairly good where it’s not too wet and muddy, but nothing like corn yields of last season.
Please, a quick reminder to give these farmers and operators extra space on the road. Don’t cut in between multiple pieces of equipment when trying to pass on the road. Some of these equipment operators may be new to driving the equipment, or even extremely fatigued from long hours of operating, so give them some extra room.
2016 fall harvest underway.
Rain Rain Go Away:
I usually have some sort of piece each week about a different topic. Well, this week it feels like the “elephant in the room" is the extremely heavy rains this week.
I can speak personally that in two days I dumped out 7.5” of rain at my house. I know that the totals were all over the board, especially going east of Mankato. Many of us probably woke up to a squishy feeling between our toes Thursday morning, I know I did. There are lots of us that got wet basements and the cleanup and costs are exhausting. Hopefully you had sump pump insurance for those folks that got flooded.
The recent rains have caused failures of roads and other infrastructure. Blue Earth County did hold an emergency commissioner meeting to declare a state of emergency. I know Craig and I will be very busy next week and the weeks to come, as the storm waters start to go down and we will get to see just how much damage this caused to our ditch and tile systems.
Our surrounding communities are looking for help, I know St. Clair is in need of people to help with sandbags and other duties to prevent the river from swallowing up houses on that north easterly end of town. There are also a lot of roads that were closed as of yesterday, and possibly more to come. The link below is a quick list of what Blue Earth County had for road closures as of 9/22/2016. Remember to follow law enforcement direction and not cross these flooded road areas, as the actual road may be washed out completely.
If you're one of the many that got a flooded basement, like myself, then you will have a busy weekend. Be safe, ask for help if need be, and be neighborly and lend a hand, you never know when you’ll need the help in return. Make the best of the weekend and hopefully we can dry up for a while.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of September 12 – September 16:
CD96 new concrete weir structure holding up.
Upcoming Drainage Inspections:
Please call with issues you observe, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county and only two of us in the drainage department. We will do our absolute best to service your issues and concerns as we receive them.
Drainage Management Specialist