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U of M Extension announces flood resources

Media Contact: Catherine Dehdashti, U of M Extension, (612) 625-0237,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (6/20/2012) —University of Minnesota Extension has educational resources available for those with flood-related questions. Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood recovery by visiting Extension's website at

Major flooding is underway in northeast Minnesota. According to Extension climatologist Mark Seeley, 24-hour rainfall totals in excess of 5 inches have fallen upon a landscape already saturated from a wet growing season. Road closures are commonplace in Itasca, Aitkin, Carlton, southern Lake and southern St. Louis Counties. Some evacuation of homes has been necessary. Last week, floods caused the evacuation of areas along the Cannon River in southern Minnesota.

"The focal point for the heavy rain was north of a slow moving warm front draped across central Minnesota," said Seeley. "Waves of thunderstorms developed and affected areas from Brainerd to Duluth, with southern St. Louis County and Carlton County hit especially hard."

Also available are Extension's toll free phone services, the Flood Information Line (1-800-232-9077, email and the AnswerLine (1-800-854-1678). 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, such as cleaning, mildew, and food safety issues.

Extension's online resources include information on recovering from floods. Family, finances, household, and farm topics are addressed. Both phone services will refer callers to appropriate state and federal agencies if additional information is needed.

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