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Minnesota Governor Declares State of Emergency

by Jamie Robinson        April 8, 2011  |  12:21 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency in 46 of Minnesota's 87 counties due to high water along the Mississippi, Minnesota, St. Croix and Red Rivers.   As can be seen in these screenshots from Weather Defender, many of these rivers that are currently in experiencing flooding will continue to experience flooding during the April 7 - 12 timeframe. 

 

Reporting stations currently showing flooding concerns (Observed River Stages Layer - available to those with a commercial license)

Flooding outlook for April 7 - 12 (Flood Outlook Layer - available to those with a commercial license)

Unfortunately, the current 3 Day Convective Outlook places parts of Minnesota in a moderate risk of severe weather from Sunday into Monday next week.  This will likely bring additional, unwanted rain to an already water-logged area. 

For those living in the areas affected, be sure to watch for rapidly rising water and be sure to stay tuned to your local news outlets for more details on the local flooding situation. 

 

Flooding a Huge Concern in the Midwest

by Jamie Robinson        March 28, 2011  |  12:49 pm  |  Category: Latest News

Flood watches and warnings are in place from Minnesota down into Mississippi and Louisiana as a result of rain and snowmelt through the midwest.  Cooler temperatures the past few days have helped slow the snowmelt, but new rain and snow for many locations this past weekend have fueled new flooding concerns.

A highway outside of the Minneapolis / St. Paul area near Mankato saw part of Highway 22 collapse as a result of a levee breaking and flood waters eroding the ground under the road. 

Photo Courtesy KARE 11 in Minneapolis / St. Paul

The city of Davenport, Iowa will begin building a wall to protect their water treatment facility later this year.  The project, which partners the city with the Army Corps of Engineers, will cost a reported $11.5 million.  The water treatment facility is the sole water source for over 130,000 people in and around Davenport.

Flooding has affected many areas of the United States this year from the Midwest to the Northeast as well as flooding and mudslides in California. 

Always remember when approaching flood waters to not try to drive through it.  It takes very little running water (as little as 6") to carry a vehicle away.

As severe weather and flooding continue into the spring, be sure to stay ahead of the weather with Weather Defender.

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