Recent Area News
Rice County Emergency Mgmt Director, Jennifer Hauer-Schmitz provided this update late this morning:
Good Morning Everyone!
- The rivers continue to rise & spread out; albeit slowly which is very good. The Cannon River at CR29/Hwy 3 only went up a few additional inches since yesterday, but is spilling out over the banks quite widely.
The Cannon River in Northfield was at 898.98 ft. at 11:30am, 899 ft is moderate flood stage. The National Weather Service defines 900 ft as major flood stage. Froggy Bottoms River Pub on the west side has closed for a few days. The NWS expects moderate flooding and then a drop in the River but Police Chief Monte Nelson has cautioned that these conditions will be a part of the community into April. He also reminds people to stay off the sandbags (more…)
Seems a lot of citizens were interested in learning more about what ADUs are. The City of Northfield held an Open House last night regarding Accessory Dwelling Units as the Planning Commission recommended a, sort of carte blanche, in allowing them to bypass many of the regulations for building. It might be easier to say what they aren’t, which is just tiny homes. ADUs can be attached, detached from the primary dwelling. They can be above or below and, as for what the Planning Commission recommended, they (more…)
As we celebrate the Spring Equinox today, the river, she’s rising. Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson gave an update on the flooding situation this morning. The Cannon is just over 898 ft today, and businesses are preparing, Nelson says this will be a long-term Spring season concern. The National Weather Service has placed Northfield, specifically, at a 60% chance of major flooding. Nelson said, “those are not good percentages”. That’s a higher probability than the City’s Emergency Director, Tim Isom, wanted to hear. Nelson said even if the river goes down some, we’re not out of the woods. Between a wet Fall that never dried out, record cold creating a deep frost depth (more…)