The National Weather Service (NWS) released their annual spring outlook today to help citizens take the necessary steps to prepare. 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.
(U.S. Spring Flood Risk Map for 2011. Photo: Courtesy of NOAA)
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.
At FEMA, we have been working closely with all our state partners on incorporating lessons learned from the past flood seasons into our emergency planning for this year, as well as conducting aggressive outreach with our federal, state and local counterparts, and emergency managers. For more information on these efforts, check out:
- Video: Couple shares their flooding preparedness tips
- Answers to Some Common Questions on Flood Insurance
- Flood Insurance Provides Lifeline For Business Owners
- Spring is Coming: Red River Teaches a Lesson of Preparedness
- The Disaster Declaration Process, Spring Flood Edition
- Recent flooding serves as a reminder
- All of our blog posts on Floods