Community Resources for Flood Preparedness
Flood insurance is available from local insurance agents.
Check the National Flood Insurance Program
Listen to local media or to your NOAA weather radio for severe weather forecasts. The National Weather Service may issue one of the following forecasts:
Flood Watch - Conditions are favorable for flash flooding in and close to the watch area. These watches...are usually for the first 12 to 24 hours of a forecast.
Flash Flood Warning - Flash flooding is occurring, imminent or highly likely. A flash flood is a flood that occurs within 6 hours of excessive rainfall and that poses a threat to life and/or property. Ice jams and dam failures can also cause flash floods. These warnings are issued on a county by county basis... and are generally in effect for up to 6 hours.
Flood Warning - General or areal flooding of streets, low-lying areas, urban storm drains, creeks and small streams is occurring, imminent, or highly likely. Flood warnings are issued for flooding that occurs more than 6 hours after the excessive rainfall. These warnings are issued on a county by county basis... and are generally in effect for 6 to 12 hours.
More information on weather terminology -
NOAA Weather Radio
Use a NOAA Weather Radio to hear forecasts. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios can be purchased at several retailers in Steele County.
For more information about NOAA weather radio -
Flood Prediction Maps
National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service
Weather Forecast Office Twin Cities/Chanhassen, MN
NOAA's National Weather Service River Forecast Office, North Central River Forecast Center
Search for Steele County Emergency Management
Please check the Steele County Emergency Management website for more flood related information.
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