Flooding Concerns are on the Rise!

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Cambridge city staff say residents along the Grand River concerned flooding could be on the way should be prepared for the worst, noting we haven't seen this type of heavy downpour in February since the 1940s. Instead the water is flowing into creeks, rivers, ponds and any low-lying spot.

The Wisconsin River below the Prairie du Sac dam was gushing, with 9,000 cubic feet of water a second heading downstream.

"All recreational ice users are advised to stay clear of icebreaking operations and removing fishing huts from the area", the coast guard said in a news release.

It's the ice on the river that has made predictions hard, Gross said.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for the latest weather information.

Earlier in the day, meteorologist Tim Gross of the National Weather Service, Davenport, said there was not a lot of confidence that river would have reached the 15-foot mark. Ice jams in place are expected to break, with flows anticipated to peak through Brantford on Wednesday afternoon. Through Friday, rainfall could exceed half a foot in parts of northern Texas and into the Mississippi Valley.

However, all that is subject to change.

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We will be watching river and stream conditions closely this week and will pass along any additional updates. "It came crashing in", said Schubert.

Flooded streets in MI stranded motorists and a school bus in Flint, while residents in Mattawan, in the southwestern part of the state, used sandbags to protect homes and businesses as the Mattawan Creek rose above its banks.

But more rain is expected Saturday, Gross said.

We are still forecasting two-to-four inches for Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and most of Deep East Texas from now through Thursday, with four-to-six inches possible once we get to areas along and north of a Grapeland to Mount Enterprise line.

Wednesday's high temperature occurred in the early morning hours at 69 degrees. That was on top of 50.9 inches in December and 58.3 inches in January.

Flash and river flooding are of concern, though river rise is less of a concern in the more drought-stricken areas, the weather service said.

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