Facebook flood information page offered

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Resource provides state-wide community forum

In the wake of recent flooding that hit southwest Missouri, amounting to 10-12 total inches of rainfall in some Barry County areas over a 48-hour period, the University of Missouri Extension is providing a new resource to local residents.

Missouri Flood Info, a community Facebook page dedicated exclusively to flooding information and resources, has been formed to create a virtual disaster-response community.

The Extension previously had a community page on Facebook for organizations and individuals to share information related to flood conditions in Missouri, which it has re-activated. The site can be found at http://www.facebook.com/MoFloodInfo.

The page is open to all individuals affected by or interested in updates on flooding in Missouri. Individuals and organizations are welcome to post any related information. The community page is similar in design as other efforts developed over the last five years by Extension and its partnerships. Other disaster-related examples on Facebook include Joplin Tornado Info, Missouri Drought Info and Branson Tornado Info.

All of the groups follow a template developed following the Joplin tornado in May of 2011, outlined in the Extension's publication, "The Use of Social Media for Disaster Recovery," which is available for purchase on Amazon.com. The guide has been used at FEMA trainings, and even distributed to county emergency management personnel in some states.

The guide has also been profiled in national media and called informative and useful to anyone interested disaster recovery or creating a successful social media presence. It was written by Rebecca Williams and Genevieve Williams of Neosho, and David Burton, civic communication specialist for University of Missouri Extension.

Community leaders, public information officers and University of Missouri Extension specialists from across Missouri have worked cooperatively to develop the Missouri Flood Info resource.

For perspective on the recent flooding, which was an atypical climatic event for the month of December, following are facts and figures to compare rainfall to past years, provided by Pat Guinan, Extension state climatologist.

Out of 121 years of record-keeping, the top five wettest Novembers included:

1. 2015, 7.86 inches of precipitation

2. 1992, 7.72 inches of precipitation

3. 1985, 7.66 inches of precipitation

4. 1983, 6.94 inches of precipitation

5. 1994, 6.43 inches of precipitation

The top five wettest Decembers included:

1. 1982, 7.99 inches of precipitation

2. 2015, 6.95 inches of precipitation

3. 1895, 6.70 inches of precipitation

4. 1987, 5.64 inches of precipitation

5. 1971, 5.15 inches of precipitation

Top five wettest November through December

1. 2015, 14.81 total inches of precipitation

2. 1982, 11.56

3. 1992, 11.18

4. 1895, 10.28

5. 1987 and 1985, 10.08

*2015 figures are preliminary; Dec. 2015 data figures are through 7 a.m. Dec. 28.

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