With parts of the Missouri River currently above flood stage federal scientists are concerned a wet winter and spring will bring more flooding to communities up and down the river in the coming months. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working over the past few months to bring reservoir levels down. However, Chairman of the Missouri Drainage and Levee Association Tom Waters says heavy snow up river could mean bad news come spring time.

Damaged levees from this past spring’s floods add to future flooding concerns.

The long-range forecast is unwelcome news in Missouri. The Show-Me State has seen significant flooding in recent years along various rivers. However, Waters says any future spring flooding will be determined by a couple different factors.

There are also similar flooding concerns for the spring on the Mississippi River from Burlington, Iowa to the St. Louis area.