Wednesday is flood day during Minnesota Severe Weather Awareness Week.  This type of severe weather has been the most common in our region.  Rice County has experienced major flooding in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

On July 23, 2013 the county also received over 8 inches of rain in a brief period of time over the northern half of the county causing flash flooding conditions and washing roads away throughout those areas.

Flash floods as the name would indicate develop quickly leaving little time for preparation.

  • Flash flood warning means a flash flood is occurring or will occur soon.  Seek safety or higher ground immediately and avoid flooded roadways.
  • Flood warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.
  • Flood or flash flood watch means conditions exist for possible flooding.

During a flood planning is key.  Listen to KDHL and POWER 96 Radio for information and do the following:

  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels and canyons.
  • Be aware of road and bridge closures; find alternate routes.
  • Move immediately to higher ground if flood waters are near.
  • Be prepared to evacuate on short notice.

During a flood preparation is a necessity:

  • Secure your home.
  • Bring in outdoor furniture.
  • Move essential items to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities.
  • Plan an evacuation route and inform family and neighbors of destination.
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