On March 14, the Jordan Police Department ordered an evacuation of Valley Green Mobile Home Park in Jordan due to flooding on Sand Creek. The order led to the evacuation and sheltering of several Jordan citizens and a large public safety response that included multiple organizations and volunteers.
On behalf of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, I’d like to thank the following organizations who assisted throughout the duration of the response: Jordan Police Department, Jordan Fire Department, Jordan Public Works, Jordan Mayor Tonya Velishek, Bridge Church of Jordan, Jordan Food Shelf, Benjamin Bus Company, American Red Cross, Ridgeview EMS, S.M. Hentges, Scott County 911, Scott County Sheriff’s Reserves, SAFCOM, Scott County Emergency Management, Scott County Volunteers, Minnesota Animal Disaster Coalition, Anoka County Emergency Management, Jordan McDonalds, SCALE/RTF Facility, Jordan CERC and CERC members, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and Snips SpaSalon.
A special thank you to Jordan School District No. 717 for providing a safe place for evacuees to be from the moment the evacuation was ordered. They not only provided the evacuees with shelter, they arranged for buses, provided a temporary solution for evacuated pets, and allowed members of their staff to assist in the temporary shelter at the high school.
There were also several individuals who stepped up throughout this event. Though many were involved, I want to take a moment to thank some who stood out. Those individuals include Amy Peters and Maria Bahe for serving as translators to our evacuees, Heidi Ulin for her leadership in the care of evacuated pets, and Cara Madsen for helping to arrange volunteers throughout the multi-day event.
The citizens of Valley Green Mobile Home Park have been through a lot in the past several days, and the next few weeks and months will likely be trying for many of these flood victims. Please keep each one of them in your thoughts and let them know we as a community will support them in any way we can.
Scott County Sheriff Luke Hennen