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Corps report says flood exceeded 500-year mark


Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - If the Rushford City Council really needed official proof that the flood of '07 was a bad one, they got it at their meeting last Monday, November 12, in the form of a draft of a report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Corps completed a flood damage reduction project (levees) for both the Root River and Rush Creek in Rushford in 1968.

The Corps has records showing that during a 1950 flood of Rush Creek, the U.S. Geological survey recorded the flow as being 11,600 cubic feet per second (cfs). In comparison, the flood of '07 had a peak flow of 39,500 cubic feet per second.

The '07 flood, like the 1950 flood, involved Rush Creek and not the Root River directly. The report states that the cfs flow for the Root River cannot be measured because of backflow from the creek.

The draft also states that the recorded 39,500 cfs is greater than the 500-year flood value of 34,400.

City Administrator Windy Block said that many local residents have been asking him what's to be done to assure that this kind of flooding event can't happen again. Block cautions that this draft from the USACE, is preliminary, and that there are "a lot of steps, both legally and practically, before we get to decision-making (about the dike system)."

Municipal Liquor Store

The topic that took up the most time at last Monday's meeting was the future of liquor in Rushford.

Insurance and FEMA estimates indicate that the Rushford Municipal Liquor Store building was more than fifty percent damaged in the flood, and therefore, it may be reasonable and less expensive to start rebuilding from scratch rather than remodeling.

Block presented a recommendation from liquor store manager Diane Jonsgaard that would increase the size of the off-sale store by taking approximately 300 square feet from the on-sale portion. Block indicated that most of the building costs will be covered by insurance or FEMA payments.

But a more basic question, brought about by comments and questions from citizens, is whether Rushford will stay in the liquor business with both an off and on-sale business. Council members reported being approached by citizens both for and against keeping the city's on-sale business.

Council member Larry Johnson indicated that he favored only off-sale liquor for the city's municipal liquor store in the future. Likewise, council member Herb Highum said he'd become convinced that maybe the city s .....
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Commissioners discuss publishing public notices

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - At the Nov. 13 county board meeting, County Auditor/Treasurer Shirl Boelter asked the board to advertise for newspaper bids for the official newspaper for 2008. This procedure is followed each fall to designate a newspaper as the official ..... 
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Spring Valley moves forward on street project

Fri, Nov 16th, 2007
Posted in Government

SPRING VALLEY - At the regular Nov. 13 meeting, the Spring Valley City Council gave the go ahead to Yaggy Colby Associates for the final design and construction services for the 2008 CIP project which includes storm water and sanitary for Hudson Ave ..... 
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County Board deals with zoning issues

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - An array of zoning issues were discussed by the county board at their November 6 meeting. Zoning Administrator Norman Craig asked the board to consider a resolution to amend Section 7, subpart 721 of the county ordinance dealing with requi ..... 
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Lanesboro City Council Report: Council to determine assessment policy

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

LANESBORO - The City of Lanesboro will be making some street repairs and other capital improvements in the near future. The costs of some of these projects will be assessed to adjacent property owners, and the city council members have the job of de ..... 
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Wind company seeks permit for meteorological towers

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The same company that developed the 100 MW Grand Meadow Wind Farm in Mower County is seeking a conditional use permit to put up two meteorological testing towers in Fillmore County. enXco (pronounced en-ex-co), which develops, operates and ..... 
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Preston council finalizes street and utility assessment rolls

Fri, Nov 9th, 2007
Posted in Government

PRESTON - The Preston City Council listened to the public at their November 5 meeting. Joe Palen and Brett Grabau of Bonestroo and Associates gave an overview of the 2007 street and utility improvements and the work yet to be finished in the spring ..... 
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EDA and DEED agree on Rushford relief package

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

RUSHFORD - The Rushford EDA quickly and unanimously approved taking a second-bite at the disaster recovery apple in a special afternoon meeting.

As outlined by consultant Chuck Pettipiece, a revised community application - pre-approved by DE ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council approves new flood relief plan

Fri, Oct 26th, 2007
Posted in Government

The Rushford City Council wasted no time in approving a new flood relief application to DEED (Department of Employment and Economic Development) that they hope represents a reversal in fortune for the ailing city at the October 22 meeting.

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