The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports, “The National Weather Service reported Wednesday that a second crest of the Red appears to be unlikely, largely because rapidly thawing ground is soaking up water that would have fed the crest. While cities along the river in Minnesota and North Dakota withstood historic levels of flooding late last month, officials and emergency crews were bracing for a second crest that they feared would severely strain their flood protection. But the weather service said a combination of the thaw and scant precipitation had drastically reduced the threat of additional flooding in coming days.”
This is the time of year when FEMA often releases revised local flood zone maps. In almost every case this effort at proactive mitigation is resisted. So, for example, appeals and protests of FEMA flood maps are underway in Joliet, Illinois; Walla Walla, Washington; Marin County, California; and in many other locations. Public engagement and potential adjustment is a good thing. Stubbornly denying or minimizing the risk is not.