Flood risks are very low on Minnesota, Mississippi 27 Jan 12

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) – The National Weather Service says the risk of spring flooding is very low on the Minnesota, Mississippi and St. Croix (croy) Rivers in Minnesota and on the Chippewa River in western Wisconsin.

In an updated flood forecast released Thursday, the Weather Service says the outlook is for normal to below normal risks along those rivers and their tributaries due to the ongoing snow drought across the region.

The chances of reaching flood stage are rated at near-normal – meaning low – on the Minnesota at Mankato, on the Mississippi at Anoka and Minneapolis and the St. Croix at Stillwater. They’re over 20 percent below normal at Montevideo and Granite Falls, which are often vulnerable to flooding on the Minnesota, and over 40 percent below normal at New Ulm and Savage.

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