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Midwest rivers rise to flood stage

Weekend rains dispel some short-term drought worries

BALTIMORE | March 18, 2013

After winter-long worries about drought conditions, some Midwest families are now preparing for flooding.

The National Weather Service said the second consecutive weekend of heavy rain, combined with melting snow, has caused a number of rivers including both the Ohio and Mississippi to approach to flood stage. The Mississippi was so low a month ago that barge traffic had to be restricted.

In Davenport, IW, flooding along the Wapsipinicon River threatened several homes and Saline Creek in Missouri closed bridges, trapping several motorists. A previously scheduled community forum will be held in Davenport on Thursday to discuss ways to prepare/prevent floods and discuss flood-related issues. The forum is one of a series of statewide events called "Living with Floods" sponsored by the University of Iowa. Davenport was seriously damaged by floods in 2008.


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