If you have an emergency 24 hours a day call 911 or the Murray County Sheriff's Office at 507-836-6168
Flood Information Center
Minimizing Pollution and Health Risks During a Flood
Do you have a shoreline that was damaged by the recent flooding?
Before doing any work, please call the Murray County Environmental Services Office and they can help answer questions and help you with the various permitting processes, if necessary.
Give either Jean or Sarah a call when you are ready to assess your shoreline issues.
Home Repairs and Cleaning Options from Murray County Businesses
What to do with flood debris?
Murray County has designated the Murray County Recycling Center as the drop-off site for flood debris starting the week of July 9 through September 9. The Murray County Recycling Center is located at 1820 Erlandson Avenue in Slayton. There will be no charge to county residents for disposal of this flood debris.
Flood debris will be accepted from the following 6 categories:
- Demolition materials (from building structures) including: Sheet rock, Wood, Insulation, Carpet
- Garbage from flood damage including: Furniture, Household items, Clothing
- White goods/or appliances: Washers; Dryers; Microwaves
- Electronics: Computers, TVs
- Household hazard waste: Paints, Chemicals, Pesticides, Herbicides
Make sure your load is secured.
Debris delivered to this site must be pre-separated as defined in the categories listed above.
Debris drop-off site personnel will ask from where the debris has been hauled. Large loads of garbage and demolition materials may be re-routed directed to the county’s demolition landfill. The demolition landfill is located at 1080 71st Street, Slayton, and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays and 1st and 3rd Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to noon. Hours for flood debris drop-off at the Murray County Recycling Center will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday through September 9. Flood debris may not be dropped off outside of these designated hours. Please contact Jon Bloemendaal, Murray County Ag and Sold Waste Administrator, with any questions: 507-836-1164.
Flood Brush Disposal
Ed Sweetman of Sweetman Sand and Gravel is offering his gravel pit east of Currie as a drop-off location for brush debris from the recent flooding for residents of Murray County.
People should still dispose of their brush by using their own burn pits or typical disposal methods if possible, but for larger quantities, Mr. Sweetman is offering his location as a temporary brush-only facility until mid-August in order to help those recovering from this disaster.
Orange cones will be placed at the pit in the area where he wants the brush to be deposited.
The brush debris should be placed near the north side of the pit within the coned-off area.
Mr. Sweetman is doing this as a service to our communities. Please respect this opportunity and do not abuse it.
All other debris should go to the debris drop-off site at the Murray County Recycling Center.
What to do with Sandbags?
Sandbags that came in contact with flood waters should not be used for playgrounds or sandpiles as they may have come in contact with contaminants from the flood waters.
The public can bring their used sandbags to the designated sandbag drop off areas which are located at the End O Line Park parking lot and also Marsh’s Landing County Park parking lot. Please stack them as close as possible and remain within the coned off areas.
You can also bring them directly to the landfill (1080 71st Street), on the 1st and 3rd Saturday’s of the month.
Road Closing Map
This is a Current Map of Road Closings that we know of.
Some of the roads may be washed out and impassable so do not drive around the barricades.
TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS: If you have a road that is closed (or is now open), please contact the Sheriff's Office at 507-836-6168 so that this map can be updated.
What to do with your septic system after a flood?
Should I pump my septic tank if the drainfield is flooded or saturated?
No! At best, pumping the tank is only a temporary solution. Under worst conditions, pumping the tank empty could cause it to try to float or pop out of the ground and damage inlet and outlet pipes. The best solution is to not use water or to drastically reduce water use. Go to this LINK for more information. You can also be in touch with our Environmental Service Staff who can help answer your questions.
Report Flooded Roads
Please call the Murray County Sherriff Office at 507-836-6168 to report ANY road closings due to flooding. In addition, the county needs photos of road flooding issues, the costs of closing those roads and any damage estimates in order to report to FEMA. Reports should be given to the Emergency Management Director, Heath Landsman as soon as possible and can be called into 507-836-6168.
Manure Storage Overflows
Recent heavy rains in southern Minnesota find some livestock producers scrambling to stem the overflow from livestock manure storage basins. Pollution problems include overflowing manure storage structures as well as open feedlots located in floodplains or in sensitive areas where runoff can enter surface waters. If manure-storage facilities overflow, if manure enters surface waters, or if a storage structure is inundated by floodwaters, farmers must call the Minnesota Duty Officer immediately at 800-422-0789.
For more information about flooding and the environmental problems it can create, visit the MPCA's Floods: Minimizing pollution and health risks webpage. The webpage includes a factsheet specifically for livestock producers titled