ST. PAUL, Minn. —University of Minnesota Extension announced today its coordinated system of educational resources available for those with flood-related questions, both in preparation for a flood emergency and while recovery efforts are underway.

According to the National Weather Service, the flood probability for the Red River Valley remains at 90 percent or higher. Along the Minnesota and Cottonwood Rivers (Montevideo and New Ulm), the chances are close to 100 percent. Many other areas around the state, including St. Paul, are likely to experience floods. Some flood crests may set all-time records.

Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood preparation by visiting Extension's website at www.extension.umn.edu/flood. Information about recovering from floods will be added as it becomes relevant.

Also available are Extension's toll free phone services, the Flood Information Line (1-800-232-9077) and the AnswerLine (1-800-854-1678). 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, such as cleaning, mildew, and food safety issues.

Extension's online resources include information on preparing your family, finances, household, and farm for flooding. Both phone services will refer callers to appropriate state and federal agencies if additional information is needed.