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National Weather Service releases flood outlook

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EASTERN IOWA (KWWL) -- The National Weather Service Offices have issued their flood outlook for the spring, but it may not be what some want to hear.

On the Cedar River, Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Cedar Rapids and Conesville are at the greatest chance for minor to moderate flooding this spring.

According to the National Weather Service, Cedar Falls has a 96% chance of minor flooding, a 91% chance of moderate flooding and a 45% chance of major flooding.

Waterloo has a 96% chance of minor flooding, an 86% chance of moderate flooding and a 41% chance of major flooding.

The NWS says that Cedar Rapids has a 90% chance of minor flooding, a 70% chance of moderate flooding and a 41% chance of major flooding.

Conesville seems to have a higher chance than anyone of flooding with a 98% chance of minor flooding, an 88% chance of moderate flooding and a 62% chance of major flooding.

Shell Rock, on the Shell Rock River, has a greater than 98% chance of minor flooding, an 85% chance of moderate flooding and a 21% chance of major flooding according to the report.

Beaver Creek at New Hartford has a 77% chance of minor flooding and only a 19% chance of moderate flooding.

On the Iowa River, Marengo has a 98% chance of minor to moderate flooding and a 41% chance of major flooding.

Iowa City has a 29% chance of minor to moderate flooding and a 13% chance of major flooding.

Lone Tree is looking at a 47% chance of minor flooding, a 34% chance of moderate flooding and a 23% chance of major flooding.

Columbus Junction and Wapello are facing a 98% chance of minor flooding.

The chance of moderate flooding in Columbus Junction is 70% and the chance of major flooding is 59%.

Wapello's chances of moderate flooding are 96%, while the chances of major flooding is 57%.

The chance of the Mississippi River in Dubuque causing minor flooding is 90%, moderate flooding 80% and the chance of major flooding is 32%.

Keep in mind, four major factors contribute to flooding. They are, how much more snow we get this winter, how fast or slow the snow melts, how much rain we get in the spring and if any ice jams form in the rivers.

Minor flooding indicates minimal or no property damage but, could create some public inconvenience.

Moderate flooding indicates the inundation of secondary roads and moving to higher elevations may be necessary to save property. Some evacuations may also be necessary.

Major flooding indicates extensive inundation of property, extensive property damage and is usually characterized by evacuation of people and livestock and the closure of main and secondary roads.

The next flood outlook from the National Weather Service is due out on March 5, 2010.

For more on Quad Cities flood outlook which covers an area roughly from Dubuque south and from the Mississippi River west to about Marengo, visit http://www.weather.gov/ahps/hic/index.php/showproduct/DVN/ESF/1266596045/.

For the Des Moines Office flood outlook, which covers roughly from Tripoli in the east and Sac City in the west and from the Minnesota border to the Missouri border, visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=dmx&storyid=45764&source=0.

For the LaCrosse, Wisconsin Office flood outlook which covers the rest of Northeast Iowa, visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=arx&storyid=48654&source=0.

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