Severe storms could cause new flooding
April 5, 2010
The National Weather Service notes that there is a considerable risk of severe weather
in Iowa and eastern Nebraska today. A significant risk of hail
exists, along with chances for tornadoes -- but the heavy rain that could fall might cause saturated soils to build runoff and lead to both flash flooding and river flooding.
The time to prepare for flood risks is long before the actual storm. Municipalities should check their flood-control pumps
to make sure they're working, exercise their flood-control gates
to make sure they'll close when needed, and ensure that flood-control measures like portable water-filled dams
are ready to deploy on short notice.
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last revised April 2010