With the recent flooding we've experienced in our area, it reminds me when KIMA had their 'Flood of '96' coverage. If I remember correctly, conditions then were similar to now.

Harsh winter followed by rain and rapid thawing made the water uncontrollable. What we just experienced (and are still currently going through to a level) is similar to what happened in our area back in 1996.

There is no true way to prepare for something like this. We can just hope that we don't have as harsh a winter next year.