Upcoming meetings are set to discuss the potential for spring flooding in the Metro East.
Officials with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, Illinois Department of Insurance and Illinois Department of Natural Resources are launching a FloodPrep tour to help prepare communities – both residents and local governments — for the possibility of spring flooding. The events will focus on personal preparedness and the importance of flood insurance.
One of the meeting stops will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton.
Most flood insurance policies take 30 days to go into effect. 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.
At these meetings, the public can learn more about the potential for spring flooding, availability of flood insurance, how to receive emergency alerts and notifications and tips for family emergency preparedness planning. In addition to gathering critical life-safety information, attendees can also register for a chance to win a free weather radio, thanks to a partnership with the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association. Fifteen weather radios will be given away at each FloodPrep event.
File photo of Downtown Alton floodwaters from 2019.