Flood Emergency

2019 SPRING FLOOD INFORMATION, Including Road Closures, Sandbag Availablity, Cleanup kits, and other information information (Link)

NOTICE: Brown County has a limited supply of American Red Cross flood clean up kits.  These kits are located at the Brown County Courthouse, in the Planning and Zoning/Emergency Management office.  They are free of charge. (Limit of one kit per household)


During a Flood

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The following list includes action steps everyone can take to stay safe while flooding is in progress:

  1. Stay informed: Listen to radio and TV reports; check the internet and social media for updates from local authorities.
  2. Obey evacuation orders: If you live in a flood prone area or are camping in a low lying area, get to higher ground immediately. If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Lock your home when you leave. If you have time, disconnect utilities and appliances.
  3. Practice electrical safety: Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises--get out!
  4. Avoid flood watersDon't walk through flood waters. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 if possible.
  5. Turn around, don't drown: Do NOT drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade. Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards.

During a Flash Flood

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The following list includes action steps everyone can take to stay safe while flooding is in progress:

  1. Stay informed: Listen to radio and TV reports; check the internet and social media for updates from local authorities.
  2. Obey evacuation orders: If you live in a flood prone area or are camping in a low lying area, get to higher ground immediately. If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Lock your home when you leave. If you have time, disconnect utilities and appliances.
  3. Practice electrical safety: Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises--get out!
  4. Avoid flood watersDon't walk through flood waters. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 if possible.
  5. Turn around, don't drown: Do NOT drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade. Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards.

Outside Resources

Obtained from Minnesota Department of Public Safety; Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division

 

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Contact Emergency Management

Laine Sletta
EM Director
Phone: (507) 233-6644

Robert Santaella
Asst. EM Director
Phone: (507) 233-6642

Shawn Stoermann
Emergency Manager
Phone: (507) 233-6852

Karen Moritz
Public Health Director
(507) 233-6809

Michelle Steinbeisser
Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
(507) 233-6813

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Contact

Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm (most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.

 

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