Midwest flood fight
As spring moves on, the combination of melting snow and rain showers often brings an elevated risk of flooding for many parts of the country. Preparing for and combating flooding in the upper Midwest has been a focus of this blog, and members of the emergency management team are continuing to do their part in the affected areas.
|John Zaharia (hat with flames), a volunteer firefighter from Truman, ND, helps build a sandbag retaining wall for a resident of Moorhead, Minnesota (across the river from Fargo). Photo: Dennis Drenner/American Red Cross|
We currently have an incident support base in the upper Midwest to further enhance our ability to quickly move needed supplies throughout the states affected by spring flooding, should they be needed and requested. We are closely monitoring the situation through our Regional offices in Chicago, Denver, and Kansas City, and stand ready to assist our partners if called upon.
For those in the upper Midwest, or other areas susceptible to flooding, check out this story from the Cherokee Chronicle Times (Iowa) about the dangers of driving through flood waters, even if they appear to be shallow.
For the next few days, the National Weather Service is calling for heavy precipitation for nearly the entire eastern half of the U.S., along with parts of Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. In the south, drought conditions continue while conditions in the southwest are favorable for wildfires.
You can view your local forecast at weather.gov, or see this map for the nationwide forecast.
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