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Flood Forecast: Likely

February 21, 2011Patrick NunnallyUncategorizedComments Off on Flood Forecast: Likely

Even before we got another FOOT OF SNOW (sorry, but it’s been a long winter!) yesterday in the Twin Cities, observers were predicting a bad spring for flooding.

A combination of still-frozen ground and a heavy snowpack widely distributed across the region has experts thinking that no major river system in Minnesota is immune from the liklihood of flooding, according to a story in last week’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune.  This is particularly bad news, of course, for Red River communities such as Fargo and Grand Forks.
I was interested to see that some officials predict less actual damage from the anticipated floods, due to home buyouts in floodplains and other mitigation efforts.
There’s more on all of this at the NOAA North Central River Forecast web site.  And also detailed information and a map here.

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