BISMARCK, N.D.–State government agencies in North Dakota have begun meeting to prepare for spring flooding.

Cody Schulz is the state director of Homeland Security. He says what’s also driving the early preparation is the forecast for the December through February time frame.

The National Weather Service says there’s a 40 percent chance of higher than normal precipitation.

Schulz says communication about conditions will be crucial.

Schulz says by getting a jump on planning, it will help minimize impacts from any spring flooding that might happen.