Summer flood risk high in several states

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Forecasters say flooding this season in the upper Midwest and northern Plains could rival the Great Flood of 1993, when the upper Midwest endured persistent, record-breaking floods from April through August, affecting nine states and causing more than $25 billion in damage.

Many rivers in that section of the country remain above flood stage, and the threat for more flooding will continue through the summer, according to forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For the rest of the summer, the highest flood-risk areas include:

• North-Central States, including the upper Missouri River and the Souris River (western North Dakota) and the Red River of the North (border of North Dakota and Minnesota), the Minnesota River (Minnesota), the upper Mississippi River (Minnesota and Iowa), and the Des Moines River (Iowa)

• Lower Missouri River from Gavin’s Point (Nebraska and South Dakota border) downstream along the border of Nebraska and Iowa, continuing along the borders of Kansas and Missouri, then through Missouri to the Mississippi River

• Tributaries to the lower Missouri, including the James and Big Sioux rivers in North Dakota

• Lower Ohio River Valley, including the White and Wabash rivers and the lower Ohio River

• East of the Rockies: North Platte River in Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska, and the Yellowstone River in Wyoming and Montana

• West of the Rockies: Utah and Colorado

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