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Mississippi, Illinois Rivers could see spring flooding again

Mississippi, Illinois Rivers could see spring flooding again

1 month, 2 weeks ago by Scott Hardy

Major flooding possible in Saverton, Clarksville

The National Weather Service says that this spring, there's an increased chance of flooding on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.

The Weather Service's St. Louis office recently issued its' first Spring Flood Outlook, based on what it says are "about 60 years of historical rainfall and stream crests." It says that the larger rivers, particularly the Mississippi River, has experienced well above normal stream-flow through most the past winter, and in the wake of last year`s historic flooding, soil moisture in the Mississippi basin remains very high. Also, the snowpack in Wisconsin and Minnesota is well above average. All that means that there are "well above normal chances" for significant flooding along the Mississippi, with moderate flooding considered likely at most locations. They say that major flooding is considered likely at both Saverton and Clarksville. In Illinois, the Illinois and La Moine Rivers are also expecting above normal chances of flooding this spring.  

The chances for flooding are rated above average in most Northeast Missouri locations. The Weather Service says that minor flooding is likely along the Fabius rivers, the North River, the Middle Fork Salt River and the Cuivre River.

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