Officials discuss 2020 flood outlook at event Murphysboro event

Officials discuss 2020 flood outlook at event Murphysboro event
The National Weather Service suggests that abnormally moist ground conditions and unseasonably higher river levels in the upper Midwest could lead to a considerable risk for repeat flooding this spring.

MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (KFVS) - A free flood preparedness event was held at the Jackson County Health Department in Murphysboro, Illinois on Wednesday, Jan. 15.

It’s part of the FloodPrep Tour. The theme of the event was “protect the life you built.”

Multiple state and national agencies were at the expo style event to highlight how farmers, homeowners and businesses can prepare for the next flood.

The National Weather Service suggests that abnormally moist ground conditions and unseasonably higher river levels in the upper Midwest could lead to a considerable risk for repeat flooding this spring.

Free weather radios were given out at the event, as well as information on making an emergency plan, building a survival kit and options for flood insurance.

Rachel Torbert, the deputy director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, said their focus is to encourage people to act before its too late.

“With flood insurance you have to have it for 30 days before it takes effect," Torbert said. "So you can’t just get it and say you know two days later have a flood and hope you’re covered because you won’t be so no matter where you are if it rains you can be effected by a flood.”

To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program on the IDNR website click here.

Staff from the following agencies were in attendance: Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Department of Insurance, Nationals Weather Service-Paducah, American Red Cross and Illinois Emergency Services Management Association.

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