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, March 25, 2011
It's looking a lot less likely that 2011 will rival the record flood year of 1965.
New flood forecasts suggest that Fridley is no more likely to see record high waters this spring than in an average year. That's a drop from earlier estimates that had Fridley's probability of repeating 1965 flood levels at 10–20 percent. On Friday morning the National Weather Service (NWS) said the chances of that are now only 3 percent. A statement Friday afternoon from Fridley Director of Public Safety Don Abbott emphasized that while there are still no flood warnings or advisories for Fridley, changing weather conditions can prove forecasts wrong. On Friday morning the Mississippi River as measured at 45th Avenue NE was 9.1 feet. The NWS says the chance of reaching flood stage of 16 feet is 40 percent. The chance of flooding as high…
Thursday, March 24, 2011
What's the river like where the government measures the water level for Fridley?
The National Weather Service bases its flood forecasts for Fridley on water levels of the Mississippi River at 45th Avenue—not exactly a busy intersection. Fridley Patch took a camera to the county parkland near there to see what it's like.
Take a two-minute tour of the headlines here in the west suburbs, courtesy of Minnesota Patch.
Highlights: St. Louis Park is welcoming Colorado Avalanche vet and Stanley Cup champ Shjon Podein as its new head boys’ hockey coach. Troubled Cottageville Park in Hopkins might get a boost from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Edina is looking out for more than 100 homes and a prominent church on Nine Mile Creek as waters rise. And St. Michael is digging out from snow and digging in for a possible flood fight before crests arrive Saturday.
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 …
In the first two days of Fridley's Flood Fighting Material Assistance Program, three residents picked up empty sandbags and one sandbagging station showed signs of use.
Three Fridley property owners picked up free sandbags in the first couple days of the city's flood-preparation material-assistance program. Each took the maximum 100 bags, according to Wendy Hiatt at the front desk of the Fridley Public Works building, 400 71st Ave. NE., where empty bags are available on weekdays, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., to property owners with ID. The City of Fridley has set up public sandbag filling stations at five sites where people can fill sandbags: As of Monday afternoon, the stations seemed to have been left mostly undisturbed over the program's first two days. Only the Hartman/Circle/Manomin Park station appeared to have been use—although at the Columbia Arena station, someone had written "LOVE" in the sand pile. …