Halstad Levee and Flood Insurance Update
The new FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map will be effective for the City of Halstad on December 20, 2019. The levee upgrades and Highway 75 road raises will be completed soon, but FEMA will not delay the effective date for the new Flood Insurance Rate Map. The new FIRM puts a portion of the City of Halstad in flood Zone AE, which will require some property owners to have flood insurance if they carry a federally underwritten mortgage or loan.
Click here for more information about the levee and flood insurance updates.
The City of Halstad would like to thank all the volunteers that have helped patrol the levee the past few weeks. With the most recent river forecasts, levee patrol will have to continue another week or longer as patrol has to go on until the river reaches 36.4 feet. We feel that our local volunteers are becoming exhausted, so it was decided to activate the National Guard to patrol the levee. They will be in Halstad on Friday, April 19 around noon, so local volunteers will be needed until then. Again, we want to thank everyone who volunteered their time to help their community! Please call the Halstad Utilities office at 218.456.2128 with any questions.
The City of Halstad is still looking for volunteers to sign up for levee patrol until April 23. The shifts run every 2 hours and require 2 people per shift. Volunteers can report to the Halstad Agronomy. Please call the Halstad Agronomy at 218.456.2110 or the Utilities office at 218.456.2128 with any questions. Stop in the Halstad Agronomy to check out available times on the sign up sheets. Snacks are provided for all volunteers!
Volunteers are needed to fill sandbags on Sunday, April 7th, 2019 at 3:00 PM. Sandbag Central will be near the City's South Shed located at 601 1st Avenue West.
Click here for the current river level and crest predictions for the Red River of the North at Halstad.
Flood Cleanup Kits
Norman County Salvation Army Service Unit has flood cleanup kits available to those who are in need. The flood cleanup kits are five gallon buckets filled with all sorts of supplies needed to clean a home damaged by water. They come complete with bleach, sponges, squeegees and scrub brushes as well as latex gloves, work gloves and dust masks. Click here for a video about them.
If a family is experiencing flooding issues and needs additional help, please refer them to Salvation Army to determine if they can be helped additionally.
Aimee E. - 218.784.5427
John R. - 218.784.5494
Crystal S. - 218.784.5405
Click here for the Minnesota Department of Transportation 511 road conditions. 511 provides continual updates about weather-related road conditions, road work, commercial vehicle restrictions, road closures and other travel information for interstates, U.S. routes and state highways.
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If the siren sounds in the City of Halstad you may be wondering what the different alarms mean. Below you will find an explanation of each siren sound.
Fire or Medical Emergency - In the event the Halstad Fire Department is called out for a fire or other emergency, the siren will sound for roughly 3 minutes in an alternating high-low signal.
Civil Defense/Weather - In the event of natural destructive weather patterns, the siren will sound for roughly 5 minutes in a steady signal. The National Weather Service can alert dispatch to sound the siren in the event of weather warnings.
Siren Test - On the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00 PM, the siren will sound for roughly 2 minutes in a steady signal to test the siren.
This system will distribute emergency messages via telephone to targeted areas or the entire county at a rate of 1,000 calls per minute.
This service can be used in case of fires, chemical spills, evacuations, lock downs, downed power lines, lost individuals, natural disasters, abductions, water system problems, bomb threats, or other emergencies.
Norman County residents are welcome and encouraged to enter their contact information for home, business and mobile phones so they may be contacted by the system in the event of an emergency.
Click here for more information and to register for CodeRED®