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Snow pack levels high in Mississippi Valley

Officials with the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority are warning snow pack levels are the highest they've been since 2008.

Coupled with rain and a fast melt, it could mean significant flooding.

"That's not a real huge concern at this point in time, it's just there is potential for above average flooding," said Water Management Supervisor Gord Mountenay. "In our watershed, snow pack is not normally the driving force of the spring flood. It's one of the three main inputs, if you will, the others being rain fall and how quickly it warms up."

Mountenay told CFRA they're also worried about the possibility of ice jams.

"There's a potential if the long range forecast is correct, and we do have a cooler March and April then we might normally get, and then we get a sudden warming spell, we could get large chunks of ice breaking off, especially in the river," he said.

It's too early to predict what kind of flooding we may see, but Mountenay said people in low lying areas should take the usual precautions, like making sure your sump pump is clear and that items that could float away are secured.

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