MU Extension creates Facebook page for flood information

Monday, June 13, 2011 | 6:33 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — MU Extension has created a Facebook page to aggregate information about the Missouri River flooding.

The Army Corps of Engineers is predicting that the river will continue to flood throughout Missouri for most of the summer. Unusually high rain and snowmelt in the upper river basin prompted record releases from reservoirs upstream of Missouri.

The Missouri Flood Info Facebook page launched June 6.

“Social media is an effective communications tool during a disaster. This was  demonstrated in Joplin and has been successfully used during other flood events,” MU Extension Web Team Editor Eileen Yager said in a news release Monday.

Collaborators on the Facebook page include the United Way of Greater St. Joseph, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Kansas City, the Missouri National Guard, Atchison County 911/Emergency Management and Holt County.


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