5 Year Anniversary of the 2010 Flood

Zumbro Valley Disaster Recovery from Flight Creative Media on Vimeo. Video narrator – Al VanDeWalker, Mayor.

September 24th is the 5 year anniversary of the 2010 Flood in the Zumbro River Valley. Zumbro Falls endured the greatest flooding in City history. Approximately 2:00 am on September 24, 2010 the Zumbro River flowed over the 28 foot level of the City dike. The river crested 8 feet above the dike. This wall of water flooded homes and businesses, City buildings, the City park, the US Post Office, also State Highways 63/60 were closed. The City, including downtown residents and businesses, was devastated. The national guard was called in to assist along with other state and federal agencies. ZUMBRO FALLS SURVIVED! Residents relocated, businesses rebuilt, the Hills of Zumbro Falls housing development offered a new beginning to those in need of housing, the Buckman Coulee Diversion Project was initiated and directs water over flow to the east of State Highway 63, green space created areas for new trees and beautiful landscaping projects, a Community Garden and Zumbro River Access have been added. The City of Zumbro Falls, Residents, and Businesses continue to move forward.


Pickleball? Zumbro Falls is playing the Game. Thank you to Daryl and David Bluhm for painting the (basketball) court and providing the net, set of paddles and ball. Anyone interested in playing the game may use the equipment. The key to access the equipment is available at Rod’s Service and is only given out to an adult. Learn something new, exercise more and enjoy the out of doors. Win, win situation. Need Pickleball Rules? Visit http://pickleball.com/pages/rules-how-to-play-the-game

2014 Drinking Water Report

drinkingwaterThe Consumer Confidence Report for the City of Zumbro Falls – 2014 Drinking Water Report is now available upon request. No contaminants were detected at levels that violated federal drinking water standards. Copies of this report are available by contacting City Hall at 507-753-2423.


Antiques 5Explore the Zumbro River Valley area Antique shops. This tour offers 47 Shops, including Frog Town Antiques located in Zumbro Falls, MN. What a great way to enjoy the valley, do some shopping and visit local eateries.

Note: If making a special trip you may wish to phone the shop first so as not to be disappointed in finding a shop closed.

Apple & Pear Trees

appletreeThe Zumbro Falls Community Gardens has added 2 pear trees and 4 apple trees around the garden area.  These trees will mature and produce fruit to share with those visiting the city park, out for a walk, working in the gardens and others. Enjoy a healthy treat!

Buckman Coulee Diversion Project Receives Engineering Excellence Award

Buckman Coulee Diversion Project in Zumbro Falls Receives Engineering Excellence Award.

Stantec, a St. Paul engineering firm, receives a Grand Award for engineering excellence for its design work on the Buckman Coulee Diversion Project in Zumbro Falls, Minnesota.

The American Council of Engineering Companies of Minnesota (ACEC-MN) sponsored the annual design competition. The 48th annual ACEC/MN Engineering Excellence Awards Banquet drew over 250 attendees to the Commons Hotel in Minneapolis on January 30, 2015.

A Grand Award recognized the team’s design of roadway and drainage improvements that addressed flooding in the City of Zumbro Falls.

Following a devastating 2010 flood, city officials sought to mitigate the impact of future disasters – they wanted something that gave them the strength to quickly recover as well. They wanted a system that was easy to maintain and kept their people safe. The channel design can handle large and small storm events (100 year storm events) minimizing the potential for channel erosion, sediment deposition and costly maintenance repairs.

Stantec’s design redirected water from flood-prone areas to an innovative two-stage (high/low flow) diversion channel with a series of steps that gradually conveys storm water to the Zumbro River. A backflow prevention device allows the City to manually control and prevent floodwater from the river from backing into a community park. This system required the reconstruction of intersection TH60/63 state highways in Zumbro Falls, removing four bridges, and constructing a new twin box culvert. The happy byproduct? New intersection geometrics led to enhanced safety for drivers and pedestrians alike. This solution succeeded in mitigating future flooding potential, enabled additional drainage and roadway improvements, and transformed the Buckman Coulee from an unsightly safety hazard into an aesthetic green space and prairie habitat.

The Buckman Coulee Diversion Project was a two phase design plan. Phase l began 8/27/2012 and was completed 11/14/2012. Phase ll began 9/9/2013 and was completed 11/13/2013.


Green Space Committee Ends

The Zumbro Falls Green Space Committee have completed their goals. The committee has ended and invites their members to join the Park Committee. New members are always welcome. Contact Missy at 507-753-2710 for more information.

2014 Christmas in Zumbro Falls Results

2014_ZFSantaThank you to everyone who participated in the Zumbro Falls Christmas Event this weekend.

The 2014 Medallion Hunt winner is Luke McKenzie

The Christmas Lighting Contest winners are:

  • Business Winners
    • First Place:  Burr Oak Bed & Breakfast
    • Second Place:  Rustic Hinge
  • Residential Winners
    • First Place:  Jay Johnson
    • Second Place:  Dana Oehlkers

The Christmas Basket winners are:

  • First Place:  Crissy Vigil
  • Second Place:  Jeremy McDeid
  • Third Place:  Harper Meincke

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!