The frustration felt by residents over considerable damages to their homes from the June 24 rainstorm and the city’s response to their needs was the focus of the July 2 Maple Lake City Council meeting.
The council sped through the night’s agenda to provide residents with a forum to express their concerns over city sewer backups that resulted in an estimated amount of $371,825 in damages to city homes and businesses.
Mayor Mike Messina opened the session by noting that the city engineer has been consulted about the performance of the lift stations in the city’s sanitary sewer system. “I want everyone to know that we’re going to work with our engineering firm and come to a solution if possible,” he said, setting a time frame of August or September for presentation of data and information. But he also noted it would not be possible to build a sewer system big enough to protect residents from record-breaking storms.
Maple Lake’s Volunteer Fire Department responded to emergency calls as follows during the past week:
June 25: Fire alarm at Albion Township Hall, 9020 30th St. NW. Investigation conducted with nothing found. Sixteen firemen responded to the 1:13 p.m. page.June 30: Gas alarm at Jason Sorenson residence, 4406 Fillmore Ave. NW, Ramsey Lake Heights. Investigated with gas detector with negative results. Nine firemen responded to the 12:53 a.m. page.
June 30: Mutual aid to Waverly for sandbagging along north shore of Waverly Lake. Seven firemen responded to the 11:00 a.m. page.
Ambulance and rescue responses during the same period were as follows:June 28: Mutual aid to Annandale at 9:21 a.m. for patient taken to Buffalo Hospital.
A little water never hurt anybody.A lot of water can be devastating.
Last week’s rainstorm caused such devastation, primarily in the southern portion of Wright County. But the reported rainfall totals of up to 8 inches that fell in and around Maple Lake flooded basements, washed out roads, destroyed crops and even caused landslides of dangerous proportions.
The Curt and Catherine Nordlie home at 720 Fourth Street West in Maple Lake was the site of an intense effort on the part of city maintenance staff and firefighters during the June 24 storm to save the home from a sewage backup caused when the huge amount of water flooded sewer lift stations.
While Arizona burns, Minnesota is drowning.The rainstorm that hit Central Minnesota on Monday evening was just the latest in a string of June downpours that have caused extensive damage in communities all across the state.
The National Weather service reported rainfalls of 5.50 inches in Delano, 4.78 in Buffalo, and Maple Lake Public Works Director Jerry Sawatzke said the city’s gauge with a 6-inch capacity was overflowing.
In Maple Lake, dry basements were a rarity, but the situation could have been much worse. City maintenance crews worked through the night with assistance from the Maple Lake Fire Department to pump water out of flooded lift stations in an effort to keep sewage from backing up into basements.
It was supposed to be a day of celebration for the participants of the 25th Courage Center Wagon Train.But the June 20 conclusion of the Wagon Train was marred when a teenage participant and a Camp Courage staffer were injured as a frightened horse bolted through the crowd.Chelsea Burton, age 14 of Hudson, Wis., was treated and released from the Buffalo Hospital. Seasonal Camp Courage staffer Cheryl Stephens, age 53 of New Richmond, Wis., was transported by helicopter to North Memorial Medical Center.The Wagon Train had just completed its Thursday morning journey from Maple Lake to Camp Courage and the participants were circling the field at about 11:30 a.m. Wagon Train participants said a horse stepped on his lead rope, causing the frightened horse to bolt from his handler and through the field of participants and spectators. “Somebody hollered ‘Horse’ and that horse came flying as fast as he could run,” one witness said.