Mar 6, 2010 10:01 AM by Associated Press

Upper Midwest braces for severe spring flooding

Warnings from the National Weather Service have prompted people in the Upper Midwest to begin early preparations for what could be severe spring floods.

Forecasters say heavy snow cover and ground that is already saturated could lead to severe flooding in as little as a few weeks. It all depends on how fast the snow melts and how heavy the spring rains are.

People along the Red, the Mississippi and the Missouri rivers are taking precautions, especially after calamities the last two years.

Salesmen in Fargo, N.D., are hawking products with names like the Muscle Wall and the Sandbagging Buddy. Emergency workers in Keokuk, Iowa, are planning to barricade the water treatment plant with limestone boulders.

Richard Thomas, who lives near Fargo, compares it to getting a two-month warning of a tornado. He says "it's bothering me. It's stressful."


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