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Jan. 17, 2012MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Flood Potential

Weather forecasters say drier soil and a low snow fall amounts this winter could make a repeat of last year's record flooding along the Missouri River less likely.

The problem last year was heavy snowfall followed by record rains in May. That caused the Army Corps of Engineers to release record amounts of water upstream in the Dakotas and Montana, flooding some of our Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas communities. State climatologist Dennis Todey warns though that peak snowfall usually comes February and March.

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Officials with the Corps say even if we get above-average snowmelt this winter, peak releases from dams will be less than a third of the record set last year. Some levee repairs are not expected to be finished before the spring.