JORDAN, Minn. (WCCO) – People in Scott and Carver County are preparing for possible record flooding this year.
Gov. Mark Dayton and several state leaders discussed flood preparations Friday.
The National Weather Service gave a grim flood forecast saying, even if the weather remains normal for the rest of the month, which includes 15 inches of snow accumulation, the area still has a 40 percent chance of record flooding.
They want the public to know that the National Guard and the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be here to help.
However, local leaders have to use up their resources, like generators and pumps, first before asking for help.
State leaders said this year there may be a balancing act of where to put those resources, if statewide flooding happens all at once.
Dayton said the state will be ready to respond to anyone who needs help.
“We’ll be responsive to areas of the state simultaneously or we’ll be responding as it becomes urgent from that area to next,” Dayton said.
State leaders also recommended homeowners in the river valleys to buy flood insurance. They recommended people go to Floodsmart.gov. The site shows flood plains and has information on cost and coverage.
Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect.