Major Flood Risk along entire Red River Mainstem

The National Weather Service spring 2013 flood outlook indicates residents in the Red River Basin can expect flood levels similar to the 2010/2011 events.  Later winter snowfall has increased the snow water equivalent (SWE) to 6 inches or more in the southern portions of the basin.

Below normal temperatures with additional chances of snowfall in coming weeks will likely delay runoff beginning before early April which increases the chance for a volatile mix of rapid warm-up and potential spring rain coinciding with the snowmelt.

A wealth of information on flood preparedness and response can be found on the Red River Basin Information Network’s Integrated Warning Team (IWT).  The IWT is a cooperative effort between the National Weather Service, the International Water Institute and the US Army Corps of Engineers. The IWT has developed an Interactive Flood Planning Map that serves as a single portal to local, state, and federal flood and flood response related information.