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Dec 16

Winter Blast?

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 4:24 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 12/16/2016

Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

*After a marathon of meetings in the last couple weeks, I’m happy to say we have no upcoming meetings for a while. 


Project updates:

  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Geislinger and Sons Contracting as of last week made a temporary drainage area from the old metal pipe to our new concrete pipe.  The metal pipe had multiple areas where it was plugged, but Geislinger was able to find a spot to open up that is still draining down the standing water on this system.  As of today, the large areas of standing water in the neighboring fields have dropped over 1.5 feet.  I expect it to keep dropping for a long time over winter.  As the surface water continues to drop and the ground freezes, Geislinger plans on installing more new pipe as conditions permit.

General project and repair update:  We still have contractors doing work in the county.  There is very little to no more tile repairs going on, but general ditch cleaning is still active.  We got a lot of our repairs done before mother-nature slammed the door on us.  We will still have some repairs to finish next spring, but with the wet year and number of repairs we had, I’m very pleased with the progress we made.

CD97 beaver dam
Hard to see, but a large beaver dam blocking lots of water on CD97 near Good Thunder.

Drainage Happenings:

We had three different ditch meetings this past Tuesday at the County Commissioners' meeting, which made for a full schedule.

CD12 (Mankato Twp.) We presented a new ROB (redetermination of benefits) for this system, as well as a repair hearing.  Both of these items where approved by the board.  We are expecting a mid-summer start to this project.

JD34 (LeRay Twp.) Drainage Authority presented to the board a Preliminary Improvement Report.  This system is just northeast of Eagle Lake by about 2 miles.  A total replacement of all tile in this system is requested with the addition of a sediment pond.  This preliminary report was approved by the board.

CD86 (Beauford Twp.) This is a fairly large scale repair to a portion of tile covering two sections.  This system is in need of repair due to an issue with collapsed tile causing water to back up and feed backwards in the tile system.  Bidding for this project will go out soon after the holiday season.  Hopefully this project can get done quickly before spring planting.

Nasty Weather:

Forecast is calling for yet another snow storm.  The difference with this storm versus the last storm we received, is the winds expected.  We’re Minnesotans, we can handle a little snow here and there, even cold once and awhile, but the combination of the two annoys almost everyone.  All the forecasts I’m seeing call for 8 inches of snow…no big deal right?  Oh wait a minute, we forgot about the 30 MPH winds coming tonight with the snow. 

If you’re heading out tonight in this storm please use caution, especially if traveling longer distances.  Sunday’s highs of -5 degrees will bring on the frostbite for those who want to brave the weather.

Frostbite is nothing to mess around with, I can speak from experience.  I had an experience with Frostbite once on my one ear from snowmobiling all day in super cold weather.  I knew that something wasn’t right when I took my helmet off and my ear literally had ice fall off of it. My skin then got very hot like a sun burn and blistered and scaled up, much like a sun burn does. 
One of the initial signs of possible frostbite or frostnip.

I’m sure everyone has had some form of “Frostnip” if they’ve been outside in the cold.  Frostnip is the superficial cooling of skin tissues without any tissue injury.  If your skin is turning red and feeling scratchy or numb, that’s when you need to get inside and warm up.

Frostbite official symptoms include(click link):

-skin turning red or gray

-tingling, or burning sensation

-skin feels cold, stiff or woody

-blisters usually occur

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of December 12 – December 16:

  • FEMA Inspections at multiple locations including CD25 (Decoria Twp.), JD11 (McPherson Twp.), and CD28 (Lincoln Twp.).
  • JD07 (Lincoln Twp.)  Inspected multiple slough areas and areas needing cleaning.  DMI contracting was on-site doing the work.

Upcoming Drainage Inspections:

*Our ATV is currently out of commission for repair, so inspections will be halted until it is back and working. 

  • CD56 (Garden City Twp. & Lincoln Twp.)
  • JD38 (Sterling Twp.)
  • JD49 (Sterling Twp.)
  • CD78 (Vernon Center Twp.)
  • CD01 (McPherson Twp.)
  • CD93 (Decoria Twp.)

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.

             Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist