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Forecast for Flooding on Red, Minn & Upper Mississippi this Spring

January 27, 2011
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Press Release:

UPDATED FORECAST POINTS TO MAJOR SPRING FLOODING

State Officials Begin Response Planning, Recommend Flood Insurance

 

ST. PAUL — A wet fall and heavy winter snow indicate a potential for serious flooding in the Twin Cities and across Minnesota, according to an updated spring flood forecast from the Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS).

In addition to widespread flooding around the state, the NWS is predicting rivers in some areas could surpass 2009 and 2010 crest levels. The Red, Minnesota, and Upper Mississippi rivers are the main concern, with an increased focus on the St. Croix River. Many cities still cleaning up from flooding last fall could also be impacted.

With the potential for serious flooding this spring, HSEM is meeting with state agencies and county emergency managers to ensure all levels of government understand the risk and take the appropriate steps to prepare their communities. HSEM recommends Minnesota homeowners consider purchasing optional flood insurance before the snowmelt and spring rains. Flood damage is not covered under a standard homeowner’s policy.

“People need to take this flood threat seriously,” said Kris Eide, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director. “Now is the time for homeowners to consider flood insurance because there is a 30 day waiting period before a flood policy goes into effect. Minnesotans who live in flood-prone areas should also make a family plan and assemble an emergency kit before the waters rise.”

For more information on the spring flood forecast for Minnesota go to the National Weather Service website at http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ncrfc/?n=sproutlookcurrent.

For more information about flood insurance and preparing for floods, visit floodsmart.gov. Information is also available on the National Flood Insurance Programs website at http://www.floodsmart.gov/. For information about filing claims, or to report trouble applying for flood insurance, call the national information line at 1-800-427-4661.

For consumers experiencing problems with an insurance company or to report any fraudulent activity, contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce Consumer Response Team at
800-657-3602 or 651-296-2488 or on the web at http://www.state.mn.us/portal/mn/jsp/home.do?agency=Insurance .

For information additional information about flood preparation, safety, cleanup and more, see www.dnr.state.mn.us/floodsafety/index.html.

For information about preparing for floods, or any disaster, see http://www.ready.gov/

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