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Flooding a Big Concern Across the Midwest

Flooding a concern across the Midwest Flooding a concern across the Midwest |  Photo: WDIO, File

Created: March 15, 2019 04:17 PM

A massive later-winter storm that dropped heavy snow and rain in the Upper Midwest has increased flood worries in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota.
    
The National Weather Service says "significant" snowmelt flooding is likely this spring. The chance the river will reach major flood stage in Fargo, North Dakota, has increased from 50 percent last week to 90 percent now.
    
The neighboring cities of Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, experienced a record flood 10 years ago. The two cities have taken several measures such as home buyouts and levees since then.
    
The river crested at about 41 feet in 2009. The latest outlook says there's less than a 10 percent chance of that happening this year. But moderate to major flooding is still expected throughout the basin.

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The late-winter storm continues to cause problems across the Midwest.  Authorities say Iowa has shut down Interstate 29 at the Missouri state line due to flooding.
    
The Iowa Department of Transportation's website shows the interstate or parts of it shut down for about 85 miles (136.79 kilometers), from around Missouri Valley to the Missouri state line. Motorists are directed to alternate routes.
    
Missouri River levels are expected to rise dramatically this weekend with a 1.5-foot rise expected by Saturday in some areas.
    
Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said in a news release that northwest Missouri is already experiencing significant flooding that's closing roads and impacting homeowners and farmers.
    
The governor says the state is working with Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa to prepare detour plans in anticipation of the rising floodwaters closing major roadways.
    
The Missouri National Guard is temporarily relocating the 139th Airlift Wing's C-130s from Rosecrans Air National Guard Base in St. Joseph as a precautionary measure.
    
 

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