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Spring melt prompts watchful eye on ice jams, flooding

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The spring thaw is upon us, and the welcome meltdown is prompting a watchful eye on creeks and rivers across southeastern Minnesota and northern, Iowa.  Water is rising on many rivers and streams as the snow pack continues to melt.

Flood Warnings are now in effect for Olmsted, Goodhue, and Winona Counties through late Sunday evening.  The Middle Fork of the Whitewater River near Whitewater State Park is already seeing minor flooding.  That goes for the Upper Iowa River for Lime Springs as well. 

The Middle Fork of the Zumbro at Pine Island is expected to reach minor flood stage by Saturday evening.  Dobbins Creek near Austin is expected to get close to minor flood stage later Saturday evening.

Near Maple Valley Golf Course south of Rochester, chucks of ice were clogging portions of the Root River on Saturday morning. 

"It was more impressive when we first got up this morning," said Royce DeCook.  "Now it's pretty much wide open, the ice has gone downstream somewhere.  We see that every spring, there are bends in the river here and the ice tends to pile up."

Water rises are expected on all area waterways.  Be on the lookout for minor flooding.  If you encounter flooded roadways, do not drive through them.  It is impossible to know how much water there actually is, especially when it gets dark.

Much of the rain has moved out, but the snow will continue to melt for the next several hours as warmer air visits the region. 

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