While sump pumps have been working overtime, some folks are dealing with flooded basements and Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson reported Goodhue Ave. between 100th and 110th streets is closed due to flooding. There’s no creek/river in that area. It’s what’s called Overland or Aerial Flooding. Nelson said the way the terrain is, the water pools in the area. This is the time of year this happens more frequently due to the frost depths. Sand and bags have been made available for Northfield residents for their homes as aerial flooding is a
greater concern at the moment, however, they will be watching it. The melting off the roofs, the snow in yards, etc. is creeping up to basement walls through a doorway, a window, some weak spot. They have bags available for Northfield residents and the sand is in the lot at the Street Shop off Bollenbacher Dr. across from the Police Station. They are not filled, you have to do that yourself. After hours, the Police Dept. will have bags available. Call their non-emergency number (507-645-4475). At 9:30 this morning, the Cannon River was nearly 896.5 ft., which is close to minor flood stage on the west side, in fact, at 11 o’clock this morning, water has come over the canoe landing at 2nd street. Businesses have started their protection efforts. Northfield Shares is working on an online sign-up volunteer system. In the meantime, go to northfieldshares.org to let them know if you are interested in volunteering. As for the next few days, the predicted outlook is good for a slower thaw with overnight colder temperatures. That, of course, leads to refreezing. That means doing the duck walk on sidewalks, parking lots and some streets. As for the Cannon River, Listen to his full interview on kymnradio.net. The City of Faribault is also offering their citizens sand and bags.
City seeks $2.5 mil funding for underpasses
Northfield City Administrator Ben Martig and Mayor Pownell have been talking with legislators to try to get State Capital Bonding dollars this session for the Hwy 246 and Jefferson Pkwy improvement project. Martig said this could end up being a connecting point to the Mill Towns. Regardless, he said, it’s a safety feature with the schools and other pedestrians in the area. The Council approved a Resolution seeking $2.5 million from the State to help fund the underpasses. Martig said it’s written in such a way that would give them some flexibility to use it for other trails if they don’t do the full design. There’s no guarantee they’ll get the funding.
Draheim co-sponsors “Right to Shop” healthcare bill
A bill Sen. Draheim is co-sponsoring is a shared incentive ‘right to shop” bill for healthcare. This would allow you to go out of network to shop for things such as a colonoscopy or MRI. If the price is cheaper out of network, you would share the difference with the insurance company. Those dollars would be placed in a “shared incentive account” where you could use them to pay for co-pays, future premiums and deductibles.