Minnesota could face significant flooding well into spring or summer

Governor, state officials give update on spring flood potential

Adam Carter
March 15, 2019 - 4:53 pm
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Weather forecasters say chances of significant flooding in Minnesota could last well into the spring, if not summer. 

Governor Tim Walz and Senator Amy Klobuchar were joined by state officials Friday to give an update on the spring flood forecast. 

"Any significant flooding, if we experience it, and we will, probably won't occur until we get into the last week of March, and certainly into April," said Dan Luna, Meteorologist in Charge at the National Weather Service's Chanhassen office. "It will really be predicated by how fast it will warm up, and how much rain we get."

Luna says at this point, there is a 15% change of record flooding on the Mississippi River at St. Paul, which he says fairly high chance, meteorologically speaking.  

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But it's not only the Mississippi River, Luna says the entire state is at risk of significant flooding. 

Governor Tim Walz assured Minnesotans that the state is prepared.

"This is about making sure that we're coordinated together.  (Department of Public Safety) and Homeland Security will coordinate response.  They are working with state and local jurisdictions to ensure necessary equipment are already in place."

 

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