County declares disaster for flood, erosion damage


Sibley County Commissioners, at a special meeting last week, approved a resolution for the declaration of a disaster emergency from June 17-26.

Tom Phillips, County Emergency Management Director, said that this was the first step in the process to try to get Sibley County declared a disaster after heavy rainfall occurred throughout the County.

Darin Mielke, Sibley County public Works Director, reported at Tuesday’s County Board meeting that there was flooding and erosion along CSAH 6 as a result of the storms. A 6 x 6 box culvert had plugged, causing an estimated 20 feet of water along the side of the road. This caused erosion in the bluff area of eastern Sibley County.

Mielke also reported that the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) has set aside $190,000 for the Rush River Park stream bank stabilization project from the spring flooding. Plans for the project are now 75-80% completed, Mielke said. Sibley County has been working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Corps of Engineers.