Friday, January 4, 2013
Residents in Norton Avenue area lost service for a couple hours Thursday. The broken pipe was 6"—nothing like the 36" ruptured main in downtown Minneapolis.
Thursday was not a good day for city water mains in Fridley and downtown Minneapolis. But a much bigger broken main made more of a mess in Minneapolis. The troubles started in Fridley at about noon Thursday on Norton Avenue NE when a six-inch pipe burst, according to Jim Kosluchar, director of public works for the City of Fridley. Several homes were without water for two to two-and-a-half hours, he said, and city workers finished repairs about 4–5 p.m. Meanwhile, nine miles south of Norton Avenue, at about 2:30 p.m., a private contractor struck a 36-inch Minneapolis water main near Hennepin Avenue and Second Street, flooding streets for blocks around with icy-cold water and cutting off service to many residences and businesses nearby. Most…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The retiring DFL state rep, whose current district includes part of Fridley, tweeted her displeasure at seeing a picture of a flooded Minnesota road represent climate change in an international news story.
Monday, June 11, 2012
High water, swift current on Mississippi River prompted May 29 closure.
The boat launch at Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley will reopen Monday, two weeks after Anoka County Parks closed access to the launch due to high water and fast current. According to an announcement on Twitter at 8:20 a.m. Monday: @AnokaCounty will reopen the Riverfront and Mississippi West boat launches today. Coon Rapids Dam remains closed until safety buoys placed. The county said on May 29 that the closure at Riverfront Regional Park and at two other boat launches was in response to a rapidly rising and swiftly moving river, and that the closures would be temporary. The Riverfront Park launch was the last to be closed May 29, according to an Anoka County tweet. At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Anoka County Parks officials were still …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Anoka County officials cited high water, swift current in closing access at park just south of I-694 in Fridley.
Anoka County closed the boat launch at Riverfront Regional Park in Fridley late Tuesday afternoon due to high water on the Mississippi River. The county closed two other boat launches Tuesday in response to a rapidly rising and swiftly moving river. The closures are temporary. County staff was evaluating the Riverfront Park launch at about 4 p.m., according to an Anoka County tweet. At 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, Anoka County Parks spokesperson Jennifer Fink said by email: "They are continuing to monitor and will do another assessment early this evening." At 4:46 p.m., the county issued a tweet that Riverfront's launch too was closed. Parts of the park have been closed while Centerpoint Energy installs a pipeline along East River Road. The …
Monday, March 19, 2012
More than 200 customers may be without power until later Monday.
Heavy rain hit Fridley and Anoka County Monday evening, knocking out power for more than 200 area customers, according to Xcel Energy. One group of 48 customers in Fridley lost power shortly before 8 p.m. and can expect it to be restored by 11:30 p.m. Another group, including 171 in Fridley and Columbia Heights, lost power at about 6:30 p.m. and can expect it back by 10 p.m., the utility company said. One resident near East River Road and Osborne Road NE reported flickering lights at the Fridley Patch Facebook page shortly after 9 p.m. Some roads in areas around Fridley had standing water, according to Facebook comments. The National Weather Service predicts thunderstorms may continue or return over the next several days.
Monday, January 2, 2012
Sen. Goodwin protested a tweet; flooding at midsummer
Monday, January 2, 2012
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Friday, July 22, 2011
Basements near Harris Lake are already flooded with more rain coming.
The City of Fridley has put out a call for 20 volunteers Friday to fill sandbags for residents around Harris Lake. The work started Friday afternoon and will continue until dark (about 9 p.m.). If you can help, report to the Fridley High School parking lot, where a sandbag-filling station is being set up, according to Fridley Police Capt. Brian Weierke. From there, Public Works Department trucks will transport the sandbags to Harris Lake Park neighborhood properties, many of which have experienced flooded basements from recent heavy rains. More rain is expected Saturday, Weierke said.
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…
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Sunday, March 20, 2011
No specific warnings are out yet for Fridley, but the city is getting ready for floods that could be as bad as 1997 or even 1965.
Fridley property owners preparing for spring flooding can get 100 bags, ready for filling with sand, free of charge from the city government, Public Safety Director Don Abbott announced Friday. It's part of Fridley's flood preparation program, in advance of what could be major or even record flooding in coming weeks. The bags are available Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.–3 p.m., at the Fridley Public Works Garage, 400 71st Ave. NE. (Fridley property owners requiring more than 100 bags can have them delivered, along with sand, for a fee.) Property owners can fill the bags with sand the city provides at at sandbag-filling stations, Abbott said in a statement. (Shovels and gloves aren't provided so people filling bags should bring their own.) …