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Rain Intensifies Mississippi River Flood Concerns

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ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX) –  Most of the snow and ice that had been sticking around following that big storm earlier this month is gone now, especially with this rainfall.

Now gravity takes over, as that snowmelt trickles down toward streams and rivers and begins to add up.

That’s only serving to intensify concerns about “siginificant” flooding along the Mississippi River this spring.

“While we have lost a lot of our snow cover across Missouri and Illinois and parts of southern Iowa, there is still a lot of ice and snowpack left across extreme northern Iowa, northern Illinois, much of Wisconsin and especially Minnesota,” says Mark Fuchs, hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Charles County.

He adds that if we get heavier-than-usual rainfall this spring, flooding could be even worse than they’re currently predicting.

“And already we’re expecting, with just average precipitation, moderate to major flooding at every point along the Mississippi from Canton lock and dam all the way down through Winfield,” Fuchs tells KMOX News.

Fuchs adds that they’re not expecting major flooding problems to stretch down to St. Louis at this time.

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