Possible damaging spring flooding predicted in Hannibal

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 | 10:57 a.m. CST

HANNIBAL — For the second time in a month, concerns are being raised about the possibility of spring flooding in and around the northeast Missouri town of Hannibal.

The Hannibal Courier-Post reported Wednesday that predictions reviewed by the annual conference of the Upper Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers Association showed the region has a 16 percent higher probability of damaging floods this spring.

The prediction is based on the high amount of snow and rain in the Mississippi River Valley and high levels of moisture saturation in the soil.

Last month, the National Weather Service issued a report citing a 90 percent chance the Mississippi would exceed flood stage in parts of northeast Missouri, and a 20 to 30 percent chance the flooding would be among the 10 worst ever.

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