Saturday, July 16, 2011
Heavy recent rains have meant flooding and puddles in places around town. Upload your photos or video to this post.
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Saturday, July 16, 2011
The train derailment has the highest profile of all the local effects from recent heavy rains, but Fridley has seen high water in other places as well. Juleigh Perona sent these photos of the ponds at Communty Park overflowing onto the University Avenue Service Road. And someone uploaded a video to YouTube showing more water standing in a Fridley street. You can upload your own photos or YouTube videos to this post, simply by registering as a user at Fridley Patch. Or leave a comment below.
Monday, April 4, 2011
The National Weather Service projects that the Mississippi River will crest a second time later this month.
As area waterways begin to rise again with runoff from the spring melt, city officials in Fridley are keeping their eye on the weather and projections for possible flooding. The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a second crest on the Mississippi River that would bring water levels at its 45th Avenue NE gauge to 14.6 feet—almost four feet higher than the 10.7 feet measured Monday morning. Fridley Public Works Director Jim Kosluchar said Friday that a slowly rising river means that residents would have warning time of "days, not hours," should significant flooding arrive. He said his department is watching the weather and the NWS forecasts carefully, wary of water-level increases that a week of high temperatures and rain could …
Friday, April 1, 2011
Water's rushing, birds are chirping, but winter hasn't quite let go along Rice Creek.
Beyond the rush of highways is a different Fridley where creek waters do the rushing. Early spring has come to Rice Creek, but evidence of winter remains in patchy snow piles and pools of pale green ice. You still hear the hum of traffic, but it's mixed with bird chirps, crow caws, duck quacks, creek burbles, and the occasional, mournful train horn. It's a different world, and it'll change fast with warming temps.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Many dog-park users like current setup, but shorter road lets county reduce upkeep costs.
Fridley's dog park will move west within Locke County Park as part of a project this spring that will also see the park's entrance road replaced and shortened. The one-acre, fenced dog park draws dog owners down a long, straight but badly potholed stretch of 71st Avenue NE to the eastern end of the park property. The county intends to rebuild the road to stop short of the current dog park site—a reduction in asphalt expected to save money on snow plowing and other maintenance work. County landscape architect Danielle Sanborn also cited costs and difficulty of solving drainage problems at the current site as a reason for the move. The new dog park site, close to picnic shelters, toilets and a parking lot near the road's current midpoint, is…
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
The City of Fridley will keep up flood-preparation efforts despite a new forecast for high-water levels well below 1997 and 1965.
A less treacherous flood forecast from the National Weather Service has the City of Fridley "encouraged" but not complacent. The latest forecast, for the Mississippi River to fall short of its 1997 high-water mark by as much as four feet, doesn't take into account precipitation beyond what's fallen and is foreseeable, noted Director of Public Safety Don Abbott in a news release Wednesday. Even if the new forecast proves correct, a second crest, carrying water from the spring melt, could be worse. Other developments announced in the release: Here is the full text of the City of Fridley's March 23 news release: Updated NWS Forecast The National Weather Service has now begun issuing detailed daily river level predictions for the Mississippi …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
A creek backed up, putting water onto the roadway.
East River Road was closed to traffic at 77th Way Tuesday due to isolated flooding caused by a logjam in the pipe carrying creekwater under the road. Traffic in both directions was detoured (see PDF) around a two-block stretch of East River Road at rush hour Tuesday evening, although crews had cleared the jam and water was no longer on the roadway. The cause was a tree that got stuck in a four-foot diameter pipe that carries water under East River Road, said Fridley Public Works crew member Craig Hanson. The water drains from the city's North Industrial Area, he said. When crews managed to remove the tree in mid-afternoon, a rush of water blew a hole in the ground just to the west of the road. The blow-out is next to a drain that directs …