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  1. Good news, bad news: Warmer temperatures mean rising water levels

    Good news, bad news: Warmer temperatures mean rising water levels

    Warmer weather has melted much of the area’s snow, but river flooding is still on the way. “Now we have to wait for the big snowmelt across central and even northern Minnesota,” said meteorologist Dave Schmidt of the National Weather Service in La Crosse.

    Mar 15, 2011 | 12:15 am | (0) Comments

  2. Flood predictions scaled back, but danger still lurks

    Flood predictions scaled back, but danger still lurks

    This week's heavy rain and snow will help push the Mississippi River above flood stage in many locations by the weekend, but National Weather Service forecasters are backing off predictions of a record - or even major - flood.  

    Mar 25, 2011 | 12:00 am | (0) Comments

  3. Even more water: Floods likely as storm adds rain to melting snow

    Even more water: Floods likely as storm adds rain to melting snow

    The region is expected to see rain through Wednesday evening, adding to an already ominous flood forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch in effect through Wednesday afternoon for parts of Iowa, southeast Minnesota and Wisconsin.

    Mar 22, 2011 | 12:00 am | (0) Comments

  4. Businesses begin to prepare for flooding

    Businesses begin to prepare for flooding

    Jim McLoone built a moat around his business in 1965. This time, Mcloone Metal Graphics' flood preparation involves no moat but plenty of planning. "We have history that tells us what we need to do," operations manager Keith Rosenthal said.

    Mar 24, 2011 | 12:00 am | (0) Comments

  5. River rise expected this week; flood stage by March 28

    River rise expected this week; flood stage by March 28

    The crest is still several weeks away, but the National Weather Service says melting snow will cause the Mississippi River to begin rising later this week. The river is expected to reach flood stage by March 28 in La Crosse.

    Mar 16, 2011 | 12:00 am | (0) Comments

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Fountain City officials: 'We've got our fingers crossed'

FOUNTAIN CITY, Wis. - Walls of sandbags line homes and businesses along a two-block stretch of Front Street, where pump hoses adorn most doorsteps, and at least one is already shooting water out into the road. For this riverfront town of nearly 1,000, the scene is common. Flooding isn't always a concern, but basements often fill up with water when the Mississippi River climbs past flood stage.

U.S. 52 Mississippi River bridge to close this afternoon

The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation (DOT) will be closing the Savanna-Sabula Bridge at 2 p.m. because of high water. The bridge will remain closed until the floodwaters recede which could be as long as a week.

U.S. 52 Mississippi River bridge to close this afternoon

The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation (DOT) will be closing the Savanna-Sabula Bridge at 2 p.m. because of high water. The bridge will remain closed until the floodwaters recede which could be as long as a week.

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U.S. 52 Mississippi River bridge to close this afternoon
The Iowa and Illinois departments of transportation (DOT) will be closing the Savanna-Sabula Bridge at 2 p.m. because of high water. The bridge will remain closed until the floodwaters recede which could be as long as a week.

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Barb Ickes: "Though it's too soon to reliably predict a crest, the weather service people are saying there's a 65 percent chance we'll have our worst flood ever."

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Bandits brace for flooding
Long before the first snowflake fell in the upper Mississippi River basin last fall, crews were working to fortify the flood protection system at Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park.

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