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Spring flood outlook points to moderate flood risk for Tri-States

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ,or NOAA, released its Spring flood outlook and it predicts that the Tri-States will see a moderate flood risk this Spring. NOAA reports this is due to snowpack and a deep layer of frozen ground.

Adams County Emergency Management Director John Simon says moderate flooding along the Quincy river front is only about 18 feet. Which isn't major, historical flooding. He says Spring rains usually lead to the rise on the river.

"Now the other factor in that is how fast the snow melt up North comes down river," Simon said. "And if that coincides with large rainfalls to our immediate North, we could start to see some excessive flooding."

But Simon says Spring flooding is normal.

"On any flood outlook, if it says it's going to flood, it's probably correct," Simon said. "Because flood stage being at 17 feet, it floods there to that level at least every year."

The outlook includes the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, as well as smaller rivers in the area. Simon also says as of right now, there's nothing indicating we would see major flooding of the 25 to 26 foot range.

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