Flood Information

Flood Insurance

Flood insurance is available from local insurance agents. Check the National Flood Insurance Program.

Be Aware

Listen to local media or to your NOAA weather radio for severe weather forecasts. The National Weather Service may issue one of the following forecasts.

Flood Watch

Conditions are favorable for flash flooding in and close to the watch area. 

These watches are usually for the first 12 to 24 hours of a forecast.

Flash Flood Warning

Flash flooding is occurring, imminent or highly likely. A flash flood is a flood that occurs within 6 hours of excessive rainfall and that poses a threat to life and/or property. Ice jams and dam failures can also cause flash floods.

These warnings are issued on a county-by-county basis and are generally in effect for up to 6 hours.

Flood Warning

General or areal flooding of streets, low-lying areas, urban storm drains, creeks and small streams is occurring, imminent, or highly likely. Flood warnings are issued for flooding that occurs more than 6 hours after the excessive rainfall. 

These warnings are issued on a county by county basis... and are generally in effect for 6 to 12 hours.

Read more information on weather terminology.

NOAA Weather Radio

Use a NOAA Weather Radio to hear forecasts. NWR broadcasts official Weather Service warnings, watches, forecasts and other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. NOAA Weather Radios can be purchased at several retailers in Steele County.

Learn more information about NOAA weather radios.

Flood Prediction Maps

National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

View the Weather Forecast Office for Twin Cities / Chanhassen, MN

Flood Forecast

NOAA's National Weather Service River Forecast Office, North Central River Forecast Center


Search for Steele County Emergency Management.

Please check the Steele County Emergency Management website for more flood related information.