Thu February 3, 2011
Weather Service: Spring flooding likely along upper Mississippi River
The St. Louis office of the National Weather Service has released its Spring Flood Outlook. Hydrologist Mark Fuchs says the potential for spring flooding is much higher than usual, especially along the Mississippi River, but Fuchs says the data doesn't predict significant flooding in the St. Louis area.
"As far as St. Louis is concerned, the Missouri River does look to be a little above average, as far as flood chances are concerned, and similarly, the Mississippi of St. Louis probably a little better than that, but we're not looking at major flooding at all." - Mark Fuchs
The biggest concerns of flooding are all along the Mississippi River from the Iowa border to near Alton. Fuchs says the increased risk is a result of heavy snowfall in northern Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota.