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Spring flood outlook improves for Mississippi and Illinois Rivers

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National Weather Service Officials out of St. Louis released an updated Spring Outlook. The update says that with current trends, minor flooding or less is expected along the Mississippi and no flooding along the Illinois river through July.

Local officials said it helps that we are past the concern of spring rain mixing with snow melt farther north, as most of the snow is gone.

“Earlier we were looking at more significant flooding potentials and some of that, at this point, looks to be a bit rolled back," said John Simon, Adams County EMA Director.

"Doesn’t mean that it’s non-existent or that we won’t have flooding this year, but at least from what we were looking at in the late winter months, this is a better outlook for us.”

Officials said it's important to note this outlook take into account future rainfall.

The climate prediction center three month outlook has rainfall above average. So, they said you should still be prepared that the threat for significant flooding may return

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Chelsea Smith

Meteorologist Chelsea Smith is part of the WGEM Storm Track Weather team.

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