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Preparations underway to prevent flooding in Northfield

Updated: September 13, 2019 06:01 AM

Police are warning people in Northfield about the threat of flooding from the rising Cannon River.

Levels there have risen 4 feet since Wednesday morning.

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Currently, the river isn't expected to crest until sometime Saturday.

More rainfall increases threat of flooding in downtown Northfield

Northfield police said they are on high alert, working around the clock to prepare for flooding. They even met with state officials and homeland security to figure out how to protect some of the historic property. 

It's a quickly changing situation. Friday morning, the water level hit "action stage," or the level the National Weather Service and local or state officials deem necessary for significant flood activity preparation.

The river could crest just shy of minor flood stage as early as Saturday, but experts said depending on the rainfall, the flood risk could be even higher.

"It's that question mark that leaves you not knowing exactly if we are going to get that, and if we are going to get that, when," Northfield Police Chief Monte Nelson said. "So we have learned from our many lessons here that it is best to plan ahead, both as a city and with those property owners." 

Business owner Jacqui Dorsey said she remembers scooping carp off her patio during the flood in 2010. She's now had to modify file storage, move supplies out of her basement, and change where the electrical outlets are in anticipation of repeat flooding.

"Now there's a patio on Froggy Bottoms that's just below our office," Dorsey said. "And that patio just totally flooded. So it was interesting, we came here onto the balcony and look at carp actually jumping around."

Northfield police are alerting residents, asking everyone to get ahead of the flooding, and prepare with sandbags if needed.

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