Mississippi River flooding to get a lot worse this week in Quad Cities

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The Mississippi River has been in flood stage for weeks now.  And it’s about to get a lot worse in the Quad Cities by the end of this week.

As of Sunday morning (March 31st) the river stands at 18.28 in the Quad Cities, and it’s on its way back up again.

By next weekend it will be nearing its (likely) highest crest of this season around 20.1.  That will be the highest it’s been in the Quad Cities in nearly 5 years.

Fortunately, it’s been mainly dry for the last couple weeks in the Quad Cities, otherwise the flooding would be even worse.  A lot of this flood is the result of spring snowmelt happening North of the Quad Cities in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  

Here’s the projection for this week, courtesy of the NWS in the Quad Cities:

And here’s a bit of good news, with last week’s updated probabilities the chance of seeing historic flooding on the Mississippi is looking much less likely.  

With the previous release of these probabilities, the chance of seeing the highest crest ever in the Quad Cities stood between 25 and 50%.  Now the chance of that happening is more like 10-25%.  Read more about the initial outlook here.

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