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U of M Extension announces flood web, phone resources

Media Contact: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, (612) 625-0237, ced@umn.edu

ST. PAUL, Minn. (9/24/2010) --University of Minnesota Extension announced today its coordinated system of online and phone answer resources available for those with flood-related questions. Heavy rains on top of saturated soils over the past week have created flooding in several Minnesota communities. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a state of emergency.

Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood response, safety and cleanup by visiting Extension's flood and water 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 extreme weather creates challenging situations, 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 colleagues in neighboring states to deliver information via community efforts, our website and our phone answer lines."

Extension's online resources include information for families and agricultural producers, for the immediate hazards as well as coping with the long-term aspects of clean-up and family financial recovery.

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. Both phone services will refer callers to appropriate state and federal agencies if additional information is needed.

For more information on disaster response resources from University of Minnesota Extension, visit www.extension.umn.edu/extreme-weather.

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