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Fillmore County Flood Damage Update


Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Collapsed MN Hwy #43 bridge in Choice is one of many spots that needs to be fixed. Photo submitted

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) officials visited Fillmore County on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. At the end of the day, they agreed that preliminary public infrastructure damage estimates of $2.6 million by local officials were very close to the FEMA estimates. Federal and state representatives met with city, township and county officials to obtain additional information to support a multi-county request for federal assistance for flood damage from the storm event that began Thursday, June 20, 2013. Representatives from United States Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken offices were also present to support a possible request to Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to petition President Obama for a disaster declaration for Minnesota counties.

Kevin Beck, Fillmore County Emergency Manager, had previously contacted local government officials to assemble documentation needed for this meeting. Wednesday’s meeting presented an opportunity for local officials to meet with FEMA officials on an individual basis to conduct preliminary verification of flood damage estimates. City, township and county officials provided contractor estimates, pictures of damaged property and anecdotal information about the impact of the flooding on their respective communities.

Wayne Lamoreaux, HSEM Engineering Specialist, told those present that HSEM and FEMA officials are doing similar damage assessments in 16 other counties in Minnesota to determine whether Minnesota will be eligible for a major disaster declaration. Lamoreaux also said that HSEM and FEMA agencies are committed to helping communities receive all federal and state funding for which they are eligible.

In response to questions about timelines, Lamoreaux said that any estimated timeline is contingent on obtaining the Presidential declaration and also on FEMA staff availability. Citing historical references to timelines for other recent national disasters, he estimated that if both local and Minnesota thresholds are met and a Presidential declaration is made that FEMA crews could be back in the area near the end of July or early August.

Later in the day, FEMA and HSEM representatives were given a tour of the flood damaged roads, bridges and other damaged public property in Fillmore County. Officials viewed road damage and washed out bridges in Carrolton, Holt and Norway townships as well as da .....
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator The Fillmore County Resource Recovery Center gets numerous telephone calls each month from our residents wondering what it’s going to cost them to dispose of different items they no longer ne ..... 
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Be aware of all requirements when clearing trees

Fri, Jun 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

When clear cutting more than 10,000 square feet of land (or an area equivalent to 100’ x 100’), the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that the Fillmore County Zoning Office is contacted for a permit. Many areas are being c ..... 
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Red Cross to Offer Basic Disaster Class

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

ROCHESTER, MN, MAY 21, 2013 — The American Red Cross relies on an extensive network of trained volunteers to respond to disasters like the tornadoes in Oklahoma this week. The Red Cross office in Rochester is offering its basic training course, “ ..... 
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Friends cut down 200-year-old tree in Lanesboro

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Home & Garden

By Jade Sexton The huge white oak tree fell over during a storm last summer in the backyard of Dona Conway. The fallen tree took up much of the backyard, and it remained there most of the summer until a group of Amish cut it up and hauled the brush ..... 
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Habitat is looking for Homeowners for A Brush with Kindness Home Repair Program. Limited spots available!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Are you a low-income homeowner? Does your house need exterior paint or other exterior repairs? Do you need a new roof, siding or windows? Does your yard need new landscaping or fence repairs? Do you need a wheel chair ramp? If you (or someon ..... 
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Solar PV Workshop April 13

Tue, Apr 9th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

The next event in the Off Grid Solar PV series will be a held on Saturday, April 13th, 12:30 p.m. at the home of Brian and Ruth Lavelle, located west of Caledonia and north of Spring Grove in Black Hammer township. The workshop will start with a sit ..... 
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Electric outage to affect residents of Harmony

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

A new transformer will be installed on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1 AM. Therefore, almost the entire community (except the north industrial park area) will be without electricity starting on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 1 AM. The outage could last up ..... 
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Gardening: We Dig It Workshop

Fri, Mar 8th, 2013
Posted in All Home & Garden

Are you ready for spring growing season? If so, the We Dig It Gardening Workshop may provide you with some great inspiration. The Houston County Master Gardeners and Caledonia Community Education are hosting their third annual gardening workshop o ..... 
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