The Mississippi River waters are rising and it means flooding is coming in May for many Missouri and Illinois towns according to a new prediction from the National Weather Service.

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The National Weather Service out of St. Louis just shared this self-explanatory graphic about what Missouri and Illinois river towns can expect in May regarding the Mississippi River.

National Weather Service, St. Louis
National Weather Service, St. Louis

Blame the snowmelt up north for this rapid rise of the Mississippi River. According to the NWS graphic, Canton, LaGrange and the Quincy Lock & Dam will experience minor Mississippi River flooding while Quincy, Hannibal, Saverton and Louisiana will see at least moderate flooding.

The National Weather Service added these details as to why this is our May expectation:

Snow melt in the northern Midwest has caused increased flow on the Mississippi River. This is expected to cause minor to moderate flooding at points upstream of St. Louis well into May.

The "well into May" part is so encouraging and yes, that's sarcasm. If there's some good news out of this new National Weather Service forecast, it's that there is no dire major Mississippi River flood warning - yet.

Stay tuned. If we've learned anything about the Mississippi River over the past 30 years it's that it almost never fails to surprise us.

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