Watching the Water Once Again
April 15, 2019 - We’ll be back on “River Watch” a little later this week. The National Weather Service is predicting some rain on Wednesday/Thursday which could cause the Mississippi to rise. How much? Too hard to say at this point. We just wanted to let you know that our emergency management team and our engineers are keeping an eye on it for you! More updates coming soon.
Has your home been affected by recent flooding? The American Red Cross wants to help!
Tips for cleaning and repairing your home can be found on their website:
https://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/disaster-cleanup.html, and they have provided us with several flood clean up kits to get you started. If you need a kit, please contact Captain Gwen Martin at 651-458-6011 so we can help you on your road to recovery. Please leave your name, address, contact information, and a brief description of the water damage you sustained. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it!
The Grey Cloud Island Iron Trail Bridge is now open! Public Works has removed all barriers and the Mississippi River is receding. Thank you for your patience!
Inspectors Will Look at the Iron Bridge on Thursday, April 4th
April 2, 2019 - Cottage Grove Public Safety and Public Works teams continue to monitor the Mississippi River and study reports from the National Weather Service. The river has crested, and water levels are currently falling. Inspectors will be on-site Thursday, April 4th to assess the Grey Cloud Island Trail Iron Bridge. Currently, the bridge remains closed; we certainly appreciate everyone's patience and we'll let you know what inspectors determine on Thursday!
Grey Cloud Island Trail Iron Bridge Remains Closed;
Grey Cloud Island Drive Causeway Remains Open
March 26, 2019 - City engineers, public works employees, police officers and firefighters continue to monitor Mississippi River water levels and predictions from the National Weather Service. The Grey Cloud Island Trail Iron Bridge (pictured on Tuesday morning) is still closed while the Grey Cloud Island Drive Causeway remains open. We'll keep you posted here if there are any changes!
City of Cottage Grove Declares State of Emergency
March 20, 2019 - The City of Cottage Grove has declared a State of Emergency. The declaration was authorized by a City Council vote. Based on ground saturation and rising temperatures, models for the entire region suggest localized areas of high water are likely. Public Works employees, City Engineers and Cottage Grove Public Safety workers have been monitoring and assessing areas where water is higher than normal, and after consulting with City staff, county emergency managers, state hydrologists and scientists with the National Weather Service, we feel a State of Emergency is appropriate. The declaration helps ensure response and recovery efforts can be quickly supported and that cost recovery options will be available if, or when, the City needs them. We are focused on areas near the Mississippi River and Grey Cloud Island and on areas throughout the City where high water is occurring. The City has robust and coordinated plans for response; our main goal is to keep people safe and protect property as much as we can. We're working closely with our county and state partners to make sure that happens. Please stay tuned to this page for further updates.
Sandbag Installation Information
Washington County Updates
MN Department of Health - Private Wells and Flooding
Letter to residents on Lower Grey Cloud Island and the River Acres neighborhood
Lower Grey Cloud Island Flood Map
Grey Cloud Island Causeways
River Acres Flood Map
River Stage Reference
March 21, 2019 Neighborhood Meeting
Washington County Septic Fact Sheet
Grey Cloud Trail Detour