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Recent melt has eased Iowa flooding threat

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Experts say the sun and unusually warm winter weather this week has eased, but not erased, the threat of heavy spring flooding in Iowa.

Most of the snowpack is gone in all but the northern third of the state, and the remaining snow there could melt this weekend.

But meteorologists say heavy rains could still quickly fill rivers past flood stage. The National Weather Service also says the flooding outlook for eastern Iowa rose slightly the past three weeks, citing the early February blizzard among other reasons.

Ice jams could back up rivers in many areas. One formed Thursday at Water Works Park on the Raccoon River in Des Moines, and others were reported in southwest Iowa.

Also, three roads in Black Hawk County are currently closed due to flooding.

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