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Weather Service sees little chance of major Iowa flooding

News, Weather

February 17th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The latest three-month forecast from the National Weather Service says there’s little chance of major spring flooding in Iowa.  Heavy rains and snowmelt upstream overwhelmed the Army Corps of Engineers’ Missouri River reservoir system last year. That led to historic flooding along the river that divides western Iowa from eastern Nebraska. 

Hydrologist Jeff Zogg of the weather service’s Johnston office says last year’s conditions aren’t evident.   Zogg says the usual minor flooding is possible this spring – common along the Missouri River south of Council Bluffs in both Iowa and Nebraska.  The Quad Cities weather service reports conditions are average along the Mississippi River.