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Minor to moderate spring flooding expected

By Bill Raack, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Forecasters say there is a pretty good chance for some moderate flooding in Missouri and Illinois this spring.

According to the National Weather Service, it has been a much wetter than normal winter across the upper Midwest. Mark Fuchs with the Weather Service in St. Charles County says snowfall north of St. Louis has been up to four-feet above average.

"Across all this area, the ground is saturated. So once this snowpack melts, it will have no place to go except into the rivers and ultimately, for most of this area, into the Mississippi River."

While the forecast is for moderate flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers there is a slight chance for major flooding at some locations depending on how much rain falls this spring across the region.

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