Civil Defense & Emergency Management

Storms

Sirens - The 9 Pine Island storm sirens are set off by the Olmsted County EOC. Olmsted County is in contact with the National Weather Service, PI Fire Dept. storm watchers and the local ham operator storm chasers. Olmsted County will notify Pine Island if we are specifically in any danger by setting off the local sirens.

Storm Shelter - The PI Civil Defense and the local St. Paul’s Lutheran church have set up supplies in the church 214 3rd St. SW, in case of a storm event stranding residence or motorists. Contact City Hall or the Sheriff’s office for help.

1st ALERTOlmsted County  and/or Rochester ALERT 

Code Red - Goodhue Co. site will notify the entire County of any impending dangers within Goodhue County.

Do 1 thing Website

Emergency preparedness

Power outagesXcel Energy 800-895-2999

Power lines = stay away, call 911

Street blockages – Public Works will clear fallen debris blocking streets.

Home owners are responsible for trees and debris on personal property.

Flooding

Local flood maps (2020 Update Coming)

In an emergency PI Citizens can contact the City of Pine Island Civil Defense for sandbags, sand and other equipment. These are free to PI citizens if deemed an emergency. 507-356-4951

River monitor site – The Pine Island system has 9 monitors over 4 Counties that monitor rain amounts and river heights. This website is free to the public.

The City also uses 5 river gauge locally to measure river heights.

Local rivers are routinely kept clear (weather permitting) of trees and debris by the Public Works Department. The “Sentence to Serve” State program has been very helpful with helping clear our rivers. Public Works has constructed 3 canoe launches on both branches threw PI and a canoe landing 6 miles south for Public enjoyment and river inspections.

Ponds – The City has many storm water retention ponds. Each housing addition added to the City is engineered to control rain runoff. The City is actively looking at potential upstream pond areas.

Contacts

Emergencies –dial 911 

Non emergencies 507-356-4070

In a City wide emergency the City Hall upstairs will be the designated EOC “Emergency Operations Center” 507-356-4591

Storm shelter – Lutheran Church 214 3rd st SW 507-356-8925

Gas leaks dial 911 = Natural gas, LP, anhydrous, gasoline, etc.