Doug Barrett | Dec 4, 2019 AT 8:14 am
North Dakota agencies have already started planning in anticipation of spring flooding after a record wet fall that produced high river flows and left soils saturated heading into freeze-up.
Nearly a dozen agencies gathered Tuesday for an initial coordination meeting at the Department of Emergency Services in Bismarck. The goal is a unified approach to flood preparedness…response…and recovery efforts come spring.
National Guard Adjutant General Major Alan Dohrmann says with two snowstorms already this season - and with a long winter ahead and conditions ripe for runoff - we felt it was “prudent to bring everyone together early and start planning how we can best support local flood preparedness efforts.”
The National Centers for Environmental Information says the three month period of August…September…and October was the wettest on record in 125 year. The winter outlook calls for a 40-percent chance of above-normal precipitation. The National Weather service will release its initial flood outlook for the state on February 13th.