NWS Hosts Forums, Hydrologist Says Similar Flooding Is "Incredibly Unlikely"

by Will Bauer, NET News

Jan. 16, 2020, 11:49 a.m.

The National Weather Service in Omaha has scheduled four public forums in February and March to discuss the potential for more flooding this spring.


Fremont, Columbus, Norfolk and Fremont County in Iowa will all host forums in hopes to update the public on timely flood conditions in the the wake of 2019's flooding in Nebraska and other parts of the Midwest.

However, NWS hydrologist David Pearson said flooding as severe as last year is "incredibly unlikely."

“Certainly it’s not impossible, but the factors that came together last year were very rare and for that to happen again, would be incredible," Pearson said. "Upcoming this year, we’re anticipating some flooding because it’s just so wet and the rivers are running high, but the severity of that we really won’t know until a few weeks from now when we have more indicators that have occurred.”

The forums won’t provide final answers for the public, but instead an update on flood conditions in the moment and where to find essential information, Pearson said.

Below are the dates and times for the public forums:

Fremont: Tuesday, February 4 at 7 p.m.

Columbus: Thursday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m.

Norfolk: Thursday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m.

Fremont County: Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m.