National Weather Service Forecasts Heightened Spring Flooding

The National Weather Service has released its annual spring outlook to help citizens take necessary steps to prepare for possible flood events. This year’s outlook predicts spring flooding will worsen beginning as early as this week, affecting almost half the country from the North Central U.S. through the Midwest and the Northeast, causing an above average risk of flooding across portions of the Northeast, including Southern New England and parts of eastern NY State.

State drinking water programs are encouraged to share these alerts with state WARNs and water utilities along the identified river systems and to further encourage community and citizen preparedness.

Some specifics from the Spring Outlook include:

  • For the third consecutive year, forecasters predict major flooding along the Red River of the North, which forms the state line between eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
  • Other areas of the Midwest primed for major flooding include Devils Lake in North Dakota, the Milk River in Northeastern Montana, the James and Big Sioux Rivers in South Dakota, the Minnesota River, and the Mississippi River from its headwaters near St. Paul, Minnesota, downstream to St. Louis.
  • There is an above average risk of flooding across portions of the Northeast, including Southern New England and parts of eastern NY State.

There are a few simple steps every family should take now, before disaster strikes: be aware of your riskmake an emergency kitget a family communication plan and get flood insurance before flooding occurs.

FEMA, has been working closely with state partners on incorporating lessons learned from the past flood seasons into emergency planning for this year. For more information on these efforts, check out:

 

 

 

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