To All Villages in Sangamon County and the Cities of Auburn and Springfield:

Flood Safety Awareness Week is March 15 -19.  The National Weather Service has a web-site for this topic at http://www.nws.noaa.gov/floodsafety/

The NWS Hydrologist has shared for us a presentation developed at the beginning of this month which shows that some portions of Illinois face a high likelihood of flooding this spring.  It is attached and requires Power Point to be viewed.

The good news for Sangamon County is that the likelihood of us seeing flood conditions is no higher and no lower than a normal year.  The chance is less than 10% that the Sangamon River will go to 23 feet at Riverton in this 90-day period.  For comparison purposes, our last 2 dangerous river crests at Riverton were 27 feet on 6/9/08 and 29.7 feet on 5/14/02.

The purpose of this e-mail is not to worry you.  Just the opposite, the purpose of this e-mail is to allow you to feel confident that news about flooding in Illinois from existing conditions does not affect us.  As in any year, if we see a concentrated period of heavy rain this spring, we have the same flood threat as in any year.

David Butt, Director
Sangamon County OEM

To All Villages in Sangamon County and the Cities of Auburn and Springfield:

One more thing while we are thinking about flood potential.  The State of Illinois has made a brochure about the Disaster Declaration Process.  I have it attached.  A severe weather event must be very broad in its geographic scope in order to be likely to result in a Disaster Declaration based on federal rules.

David Butt, Director

Sangamon County OEM

Attachment on next page.