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What's Happening Now

Warming temperatures will cause snowmelt and breaking up of ice on waterways the next several days.  Plan on increased river levels on many streams and rivers. No flooding is forecast at this time, but those with interests near or along waterways should closely monitor water levels and keep up-to-date with the latest river forecasts.

The overall risk for Spring snowmelt flooding remains near normal.  Above normal temperatures are forecast much of this week and this will melt much of any remaining snowpack across the area.   

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What Can We Expect This Spring and Why

The overall risk for flooding is near normal this Spring for the mainstem of the Mississippi River and Tributaries. 
 
Factors for a near-normal flooding risk this spring:
  1. Overall drier conditions during the late Summer and Autumn of 2020 continued into this winter. 
  2. Limited snowpack this winter. Areas of deeper snowpack over northeast Iowa and southwest Wisconsin. 
  3. Lower soil moisture, not saturated like we saw last year.  Higher soil moisture in some areas over northeast Iowa and southwest  Wisconsin. 
  4. Frost depth is generally shallow this year ranging from 5 to 16 inches. Less frost in the ground suggests that once snow starts melting, there will be more infiltration into the soil and less runoff.  We are now seeing some top layers of the ground melting thanks to warmer temperatures. 
  5. Cold, below normal temperatures through mid February, increased ice cover and thickness on area rivers but so far much of that ice has been melting in place thanks to a slower spring snowmelt. 

Preparedness Information

  • A near-normal flood risk means the chances for spring snowmelt flooding are near normal based on historical data and current conditions.  Future temperature and precipitation trends may increase or decrease the flooding threat, monitor information from the National Weather Service. 
  • Live in a flood prone area? Consider flood insurance (may require 30 day notice).  
  • Prepare your home by making sure your sump pump is working and consider a backup.    

The next scheduled Spring Flood Outlook update will be issued on Thursday March 11th.     

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Latest Snow Depth Information

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Latest River Level Information
Mississippi River Basin
Lake City
Wabasha
Alma
Minnesota City Dam 5
Lake City
Wabasha
Alma
Minnesota City
Winona Dam 5A
Winona
Trempealeau Dam 6
La Crescent Dam 7
La Crosse
Genoa Dam 8
Lansing
Lynxville Dam 9
McGregor
Guttenberg Dam 10
Dubuque Dam 11
Dubuque

 

Cedar River Basin
Lansing
Turtle Creek/AUM
Dobbins Creek/AUM
Austin WWTP
Osage
Charles City
Ionia (Little Cedar)
Waverly

 

Upper Iowa River Basin
Lime Springs
Kendallville
Bluffton
3NW Decorah
Decorah
Dorchester

 

Turkey River Basin
Cresco
Spillville
Eldorado
Clermont
 
Spillville
   
6SE Elgin
Elkader
Garber
 
Elkader
Garber

 

Volga River Basin
 
Wadena
Volga
Littleport
 

 

Grant - Platte - River Basins
Burton
Rockville

 

Black & Trempealeau River Basins
Neillsville
Hwy.95 / Lake Arbutus
East Fork / Lake Arbutus
Hatfield
Black River Falls
Galesville
Arcadia
Dodge

 

Kickapoo River Basin
Ontario
La Farge
Viola
Readstown
Soldiers Grove
Gays Mills
Steuben

 

Wisconsin River Basin
Petenwell Dam
Castle Rock Dam
Portage
Wisconsin Dells
Muscoda
Necedah

 

Zumbro River Basin
S.Fork/RST Beltline
Bear Creek/RST
Silver Creek/RST
Cascade/RST
S.Fork/37th St/RST
Zumbro Falls
M.Fork/Pine Island

 

Root & Whitewater River Basins
S.Branch/Carimona
S.Branch/Preston
S.Branch/Lanesboro
Houston
M.Fork/Whitewater S.P.
N.Fork/Near Elba