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Eau Claire County prepares for potential spring flooding

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Eau Claire County (WQOW)- With plenty of moisture in the ground, the National Weather Service said the potential for spring flooding this year is high.

NWS rates the Chippewa River in Eau Claire as having a one in five chance of seeing moderate flooding this spring, which is three and a half times the historical average risk.

Downriver in Durand, the NWS says there's a nearly one in five chance to see major flooding, which is four times the historical average. The NWS says high soil moisture and much higher than normal streamflow are to blame.

Emergency Management Coordinator Tyler Esh said Eau Claire County is working to make sure towns and cities are prepared for possible flooding.

"If you're in a flood plain, make sure you have flood insurance to help reduce your financial risk," Esh said. "[Remove] snow around your home to reduce the amount of water that might end up in your basement."

The NWS said while the initial outlook is high, a lot will be determined by temperature and precipitation patterns over the next few months.

Jess Langlois

Jess Langlois is the weekend meteorologist and weekday multi-media journalist for News 18. She joined us in July of 2019.

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