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The Ides of March was a day on the Roman calendar that corresponded to March 15th. It’s a term few people would have heard of if not for the story of Julius Caesar, as told by William Shakespeare. Caesar was warned to beware of assassins who were  going to strike on or before The Ides of March.

March 15th also corresponds to a time of threat to people in our area who might live anywhere near a body of water. By that date, spring flooding has usually become a topic of interest and possible concern. 

Homeowners insurance policies do not include flood coverage, but nearly everyone, regardless of how exposed to flooding they are, can buy a separate flood policy. But to prevent buyers from waiting until the last minute, flood policies have a 30 day waiting period.  Historically, the worst Mississippi River flooding in the Winona area has happened in mid to late April, so even a purchase by  March 15th is cutting it close with respect to the waiting period.

The National Weather Service has a website that is a nifty source of information for tracking flood potential. Simply go to www.weather.gov. You’ll see a map of the US. Put your cursor on the spot on the map you want to know about and click. You’ll then see a blue bar on the side of a more localized map. A little over half way down the blue bar is the Hydrology section, where you click on “Rivers and Lakes.” This opens up a page that you can move around on and see the latest predictions.
Posted 9:36 AM

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