ST. PAUL, Minn. (3/18/2010) —University of Minnesota Extension announced today its coordinated system of online and phone answer resources available for those with flood-related questions, both during a flood emergency and while recovery efforts are underway.
According to the National Weather Service, flooding has already begun ahead of the Red River crest expected on Sunday. Communities along the Minnesota, Crow Wing and Mississippi rivers are also monitoring rising waters and preparing for overland flooding.
Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood response, safety and cleanup by visiting Extension's flood impacts website, www.extension.umn.edu/Flood, or calling Extension's toll free phone services, the Flood Information Line (1-800-232-9077) and the AnswerLine (1-800-854-1678).
"When a devastating natural disaster like this hits, Extension's role is to respond rapidly with the research-based information people need most," said Extension Dean Beverly Durgan. "Our staff across Minnesota work with state and federal partners and their North Dakota colleagues to deliver information via grassroots efforts, our website and our phone answer lines."
Extension's online resources include information on food safety and safe drinking water, as well as coping with the long-term aspects of family financial recovery. Both phone services will refer callers to appropriate state and federal agencies if additional information is needed.
Extension's Flood Information Line is a resource for questions about water, crops, horticulture and climatology issues. Extension's AnswerLine provides answers to household and family oriented questions, including food safety concerns.
For more information on disaster response resources from University of Minnesota Extension, visit www.extension.umn.edu/DisasterResponse.