Dallas County Emergency Management and Dallas County Health Department announce that the National Weather Service has issued the 2019 spring flood outlook for central Iowa.

The risk of minor, moderate and major flooding of rivers and creeks is generally above normal at all locations. This is due to four leading factors:Snow Pack. The snow pack is above normal across much of the area upriver from Dallas County. Water equivalent of the snow pack ranges from a trace to generally between 2 and 4 inches. The highest amounts are generally northwest of Dallas County.Soil Moisture. Soil moisture is generally above to near record across the area. It is highest across north central Iowa.Frost Depth. Ground frost generally ranges from around 12 inches or less to the southeast, to more than 24 inches deep to the northwest.Streamflow. River and creek flows generally range from near normal to much above normal across central Iowa. The North Raccoon River is expected to be running above normal, while the other basins are near or above normal.

It is important to continue monitoring weather and river conditions, as well as future outlooks, for any changes to the flood threat. Any future precipitation and/or changes to river or other weather conditions may increase or decrease the risk of flooding.

Our purpose is to build awareness of the current risks and promote everyday preparedness. This is not intended to create panic; rather, to build individual, family and community resiliency through preparedness. Please consider the following recommendations.

Cities, County, and Jurisdictions:Inventory and possibly restock needed supplies such as sand, sandbags, and Hesko barriers.Inventory and make ready needed equipment such as pumps, generators, light pods, etc.Schedule and conduct staff trainings so they are aware of and ready to implement flood procedures and protocols.Be aware of countywide plans for damage assessment and debris management.Stay engaged and share information with each other and Dallas County Emergency Management regarding expectations, support and coordination.

Individuals, Families, Households and General Public:Have a plan, assemble a kit with needed resources, and stay informed. A kit should include supplies needed if you must evacuate quickly.Review your insurance (home, life, auto, renters, flood, sump pump rider, etc.). Keep in mind that flood insurance is usually not included in your homeowner’s insurance policy and it takes 30 days after purchase to become active.Inventory your household items. Video, copy and digitize your important documents, family albums and scrapbooks.Start or add to your emergency savings fund. Three to six months of expenses is recommended.Sign up for our free Emergency Notification System or from a mobile device, text “dallasalerts” to 69310.Help a family member or friend by checking on them and enhancing their level of readiness.