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Flooding Forecast for Mississippi River

31 May 2013

US - Following an increasingly wet spring and especially the relentless downpours of late, runoff from thunderstorms is pushing up Mississippi River levels for the second time this season, writes Alex Sosnowski for

Portions of the central Plains and part of the Midwest have received over a half a foot of rain during the last week of May.

In some cases, almost as much rain fell during a 24- to 36-hour period. The rain has been falling on and will continue to focus over a large part of Iowa, eastern Nebraska, northern Illinois and northern Missouri. Lately, the heavy rain has been reaching farther southwestward into parts of Kansas and northeastward into portions of Wisconsin.

rainfall in Iowa

Multiple rivers in Iowa, at the center of the heaviest rainfall, were in flood or expected to cause flooding.

Us rainfall

The Floyd and Skunk rivers in Iowa recently reached record high levels. The Iowa River at Marengo, Iowa, was cresting just under a foot of record high levels Thursday.

The Iowa, Missouri and Illinois rivers all empty into the Mississippi River above St. Louis.


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