U.S. Flood Forecast for Spring 2011: North Central U.S. Residents at Risks

According to the National Weather Service’s Hydrologic Information Center, a large area in the North Central United States may see moderate to major flooding this spring. This area affected extends from northeastern Montana through western Wisconsin and along the Mississippi River south to St. Louis. Also, for the third year in a row, forecasters predict major flooding along the Red River of the North, which forms the state line between eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.

Other areas of the Midwest under major flood threat include Devils Lake in North Dakota, the Milk River in Northeastern Montana, the James and Big Sioux Rivers in South Dakota, the Minnesota River, and the Mississippi River from its headwaters near St. Paul, Minnesota, downstream to St. Louis. The National Hydrologic Assessment also warned of an above-average risk of flooding across portions of the Northeast, including Southern New England and eastern New York state.

In preparation for the upcoming flood threats, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends the following flood awareness and public safety tips:

  • Monitor local flood conditions at http://water.weather.gov.
  • Visit http://www.floodsmart.gov for flood preparedness advice.
  • Stay apprised of quickly changing weather information.
  • Study evacuation routes in advance and heed evacuation orders.
  • Never cross flooded roads, no matter how well you know the area or how shallow you believe the water to be.


This www.weather.gov assessment was posted on Feb. 24 and will be updated on March 17.

For more information on spring flood threats, visit: http://www.weather.gov/oh/hic/nho/