As we have seen over the past several months, historic flooding has been occurring throughout the central and southern regions. While rivers remain high around these regions and communities are impacted by the long-duration flooding, we continue to support local and state governments throughout the U.S. and are coordinating with the federal family’s response to the ongoing flooding.
Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasted that the flood threat will continue this summer as many rivers remain above flood stage. This flood fight is going to be a long effort – but we will be standing with all of the affected families, neighborhoods and communities every step of the way. And it will continue to be a team effort – with the government working hand in hand with all of our partners, public and private.
We have been working proactively with these states for months to prepare for and respond to flooding. We encourage people to remain vigilant and stay prepared as high river levels are expected to continue for weeks; perhaps until the end of the summer. And if you’ve been affected by the flooding, see if disaster assistance is available in your county.
Here's a look at some of the ways we continue to work with other government agencies to provide resources and expertise to help individuals, communities, and states prepare for and respond to the rising waters:
- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing FEMA and other federal agencies with hydrologic reports and expertise related to river level forecasts. The information provided by the Army Corps is shared with our emergency management partners at the local, state, and federal levels.
- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is providing geo-intelligence along the Missouri River. This information is used to create flood inundation mapping that assists local and state emergency managers make informed decisions to protect life and property.
- The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing continuous updates on the status of major and critical transportation routes.
- The Civil Air Patrol is performing aerial reconnaissance to provide high resolution imaging of flooding.
- Subject-matter experts from the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are mission-assigned to provide guidance on the assessment of the electrical grid, powerlines, waterlines, and wastewater treatment facilities in the impacted area.
For more information on FEMA’s efforts, check out the “Floods” category on the blog, and be sure to visit Ready.gov/floods to get prepared today.