St. Louis Public Radio News
8:38 am
Mon December 28, 2009

Countinued wet weather could lead to springtime floods

St. Louis – This year has been wetter than usual, and meteorologists warn if the wet weather continues there could be spring flooding.

St. Louis had more than 48 inches of rain this year. National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kramper said that's more than 10 inches above normal, and could spell trouble if the rivers do not drop before spring.

"Typically in the springtime we get a lot of rain," Kramper said. "We've got snow melt to deal with as well. So if we there's no capacity in the rivers to take any of this, we could have some significant springtime flooding."

The Mississippi River rose above flood stage in late October. This year saw the wettest October on record in St. Louis.