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It's been a big week for flooding and flood coverage in the Upper Midwest. Here's a quick recap and prognosis.
Followers of the blog will remember that a week ago we rolled out our multi-platform "Flood Forum" as an effort to serve as a gathering place for good flood-related information and diverse voices. The University sent out a press release on our work and a number of local media outlets picked up the story. We appreciate the coverage and assistance in spreading the word!
Our main web page has been updated twice with the addition of some really stellar data sources and community voices. Our Facebook and Twitter pages have had very active weeks; check them out, follow us on Twitter, and "like" the Facebok page to pick up on stunning video and aerial photo sets of the flooding.
Our student contributors have been great: reading hard to find materials and posting thought-provoking questions about what they've found. We have 13 participating now and fully expect that number to grow substantially.
As for the floods themselves, St. Paul weathered the first crest on Wednesday and communities downstream are still preparing for that wave. Cold weather has helped keep flood crests relatively low, but is likely to extend the season for some weeks yet. And the Red River, which flows north out of the western Minnesota prairies, hasn't really begun to thaw yet. Heavy snowpack across that part of the region means that waters in Fargo and Grand Forks are likely to be quite high. Predictions for rain in the Twin Cities early in the week won't help matters on the Mississippi, either.
We're off to a strong start, but there's more to do! Just covering events (and keeping up with students!) is a full time job. We intend to keep revising and updating the web site, particularly with flood-related news from outside the region, and will try to spend some time responding to some of the more technical inquiries that have come our way.
Stay tuned. And be sure to let us know how we can provide good information for you. We appreciate comments and questions!
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