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Mar 17, 2010 9:29 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Flooding possible near Des Moines reservoir

Iowa communities along the Des Moines River are getting ready for flooding as the water level of a reservoir north of the capital rises.

The Army Corps of Engineers says the water could start flowing over the spillway by Monday. Corps of Engineers' spokesman Ron Fournier says the reservoir's water will likely rise above its flooding level on March 26.

Warm temperatures and rain expected tomorrow and Friday in Des Moines could increase the flooding risk.

Several Des Moines neighborhoods hit hard by flooding two years ago are again at risk.

The east fork of the Des Moines River is expected to crest at 22 feet tomorrow.

Emmet County residents in north-central Iowa are keeping a close eye on river levels because of an ice jam that's causing the Des Moines River to swell.

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