Downtown Flooding Preliminary Improvement Assessment

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The City of Northfield is completing a Downtown Flood Improvement Study. The City is guided by its strategic plan to provide a community that is resilient and sustainable as we plan and prepare for climate change impacts.

The City of Northfield is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for Advanced Assistance.

The City has identified flood prone properties adjacent to the Cannon River that have been impacted most recently from the flooding in 2010 and 2016. The goal of the study is to identify projects and mitigation measure to alleviate damage to property from future flooding events.


Downtown Properties Prone to Flooding


Phase 1: feasibility study

Phase 2: FEMA benefit-cost analysis, hydrologic analysis and hydraulic model updates

Phase 3: pursue funding

In progress.

Phase 4: design/permitting, construction

Will begin when phase 3 is complete.

Community engagement opportunities

In addition to these opportunities, all City Council, boards, commission and committee meetings are open to the public. Most, but not all meetings, may have an opportunity for public comment.

Feedback from these community engagement opportunities are incorporated into the design where able and incorporated in the summary reports presented to City Council.

April 26, 2023 — Neighborhood meeting #3

Neighborhood Meeting #3 letter (PDF)

Flood Study Update Presentation (PDF)

April 7, 2022 — Neighborhood meeting #2

Neighborhood Meeting #2 letter (PDF)

Flood Study Results Phase 1 Presentation — Feasibility Analysis (PDF)

May 15, 2021 - Neighborhood meeting #1

Neighborhood Meeting #1 letter (PDF)

Presentation (PDF)

Map #1 (PDF)

Map #2 (PDF)

Map #3 (PDF)

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Approved proposal

Barr Engineering (PDF)

Related projects

Riverwalk West Entrance