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Taste of spring weather prompts minor flooding in SE Minnesota

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Officials in southeast Minnesota are keeping a close eye on rivers and streams as Mother Nature finally begins to melt away the snow pack, KTTC reports.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for parts of the area, including Dakota, Goodhue, Olmsted and Wabasha Counties.

"Main concern is people to stay away from the riverbeds, creeks, and that kind of stuff that get backed up with water you need to be really safe anyway, but spring time is a particular dangerous time of year because even though the water looks sound and there's big chunks of ice, it's extremely deceiving,” Sgt. Jacobson with the Olmsted County Sheriff’s Department told KAAL.

The Star Tribune says the Mississippi, Minnesota and St. Croix rivers are not expected to have any significant flooding this spring, according to an update issued Friday by the North Central River Forecast Center.

However, residents and businesses along the Red River in the Fargo-Moorhead area are being told to prepare for one of the top five floods in their history.

Volunteers in Fargo are scheduled to begin sandbagging efforts on Wednesday.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials note the number of flood insurance policies in the Fargo area dropped by 40 percent in the last 12 months.

"That's just a dangerous, dangerous thing to do. Especially as unpredictable as these flood events are," FEMA flood insurance specialist Dave Kyner told Minnesota Public Radio. "There's a certain amount of gambling going on in that regard and the thing we've tried to emphasize is that people need to buy it just like they do their homeowner's and auto insurance."

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