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March 6, 2012PLEASANT HILL, MO |  By: Wayman

Flood Outlook Unchanged

National Weather Service experts say the outlook for flooding in our region this spring remains about the same as forecasts out in mid-February.

Senior hydrologist Scoot Watson in Pleasant Hill says the March through May climate outlook indicates a higher than normal level of precipitation north of US in the Great Lakes region. For the Missouri River Valley, though, Watson says there are equal chances of above normal and below normal precipitation this spring. This means the chances of flooding along the Missouri River remains "Minor". The meteorologists have put the Tarkio River at Fairfax at the "Moderate" flooding level through May. They say if current snow trends continue across the western and northern US, any spring flooding that does happen will come almost exclusively come from rainfall.