University of Minnesota Extension is offering a coordinated system of online and phone answer resources available for those with flood-related questions. Heavy rains on top of saturated soils over the past week have created flooding in several Minnesota communities. Gov. Tim Pawlenty has declared a state of emergency.

Access the latest information on flood response, safety and cleanup at Extension’s flood and water Web site or call the Flood Information Line at 800) 232-9077 and the AnswerLine at (800) 854-1678.

Extension’s Flood Information Line is a resource for questions about water, crops, horticulture and climatology issues. Extension’s AnswerLine provides answers to household and family oriented questions, including food safety concerns. Both phone services will refer callers to appropriate state and federal agencies if additional information is needed. 

The state of Wisconsin also has a number of flood-related resources available to people affected by last week’s storms and heavy rains.Get them here.

Meanwhile, Gov. Doyle has designated seven counties under state of emergency status due to flooding and storm damage. They include:  Buffalo, Clark, Jackson, Marathon, Portage, Trempealeau and Wood Counties

Source: University of Minnesota, Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection