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Ice jams and snowmelt will continue to increase the potential for flooding over the next several weeks in Minnesota. That’s the latest update from our partners at the National Weather Service.HSEM is in touch with other federal, state and local partners who are working together to prepare. You should be preparing too.
A Minnesota National Guard Chinook helicopter, along with 10 guard members, are now in Nebraska taking on deadly and devastating floodwaters. They deployed on March 20 after Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). Nebraska experienced rapid snowmelt in recent weeks which led to inundating floodwaters across the region. The mission will support emergency aerial operations during the flood fight. In their first day during the EMAC mission, the guard flew more than six hours, conducting 13 sling load operations, transporting more than 114,000 pounds of cargo. Crews will conduct additional transports in order to reinforce a man-made dike at a nuclear power plant.
You know all of that snow we just got? Well, it will eventually melt and go somewhere.
Gov. Tim Walz is proposing budget funding for three HSEM programs—aimed at keeping Minnesotans safe and communities resilient before, during and after emergencies and disasters. Gov. Walz detailed the funding requests in his Community Prosperity plan:
Read the governor’s complete budget recommendation for HSEM’s programs.Review his Budget for One Minnesota.
Video Description: State and federal leaders discuss preparations for 2019 spring flooding in Minnesota.