NWS: Missouri, Kansas at above-average flood risk for spring 2020

The Cumberland River at Clarksville is currently at 43.6 feet as of Thursday afternoon. Flood stage is 46 feet

The Mississippi River Basin also has very wet soil conditions, which means that almost every river across eastern Iowa could reach flood stage this spring, according to the National Weather Service. Flood stage begins at 52 feet, and this Saturday, levels are expected to hit 53.5 feet. While the Little Muddy is given a 41% chance of reaching minor flood stage the chance of that river reaching major flood stage is less than 5%.

The National Weather Service released its spring flooding outlook on Thursday. The river will fall below flood stage by Sunday morning.

The NWS said a lot of factors determine how severe the flooding could be, and it will likely depend on the spring thaw cycle and whether there are heavy spring rains.


David Pearson is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha.

"We will continue to see a higher risk for flooding until we are able to dry those soils out", Brooks said. In addition, major flooding is not forecast for most local tributaries. So, she's 95% confident moderate flooding will occur on the Mississippi River. It said the province's first flood outlook will be released at the end of February, with another released at the end of March. "If we get into a wet pattern this risk could increase".

Cedar Rapids is doing design work for the flood system through downtown and the Eighth Avenue Bridge replacement.

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