Snowpack turns eyes to rivers
MONTEVIDEO -- Communities along the Minnesota River are keeping their eyes open for the potential of spring flooding as the snowpack continues to grow.
The city of Montevideo recently sent letters to residents in the community advising them about the possibility of purchasing flood insurance if their property is in an area subject to flooding. The letter also informed city residents about city flood protection policy and efforts, City Manager Steve Jones said.
In Granite Falls and Montevideo, city and county officials recently participated in a statewide conference call on flood preparedness. State officials are looking to streamline the process of identifying where and what types of assistance could be needed. The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D., recently issued a spring flood outlook warning of the potential for flood problems in the Red River Valley.
The National Weather Service in Chanhassen also advises that the spring flood potential is above to much above normal for portions of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.