Two years ago, hundreds of communities through of the upper Mid West were inundated when swollen rivers and streams overflowed their banks.
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Background: Two years ago, hundreds of communities through of the upper Mid West were inundated when swollen rivers and streams overflowed their banks. The National Weather service has warned that unless there is an unusual dry spell near record floods could occur this spring in parts of Minn. NE Iowa, Wis. and NW Illinois. Many communities are now working to shore up more than 200 miles of dikes, that helped prevent millions of dollars in damage in 1969.
Thousands of sandbags and even tires are being piled on. In Wis many towns have been holding meetings to plan flood preparations and they have received advice from state and Federal Civil Defense officials and the US army corps of engineers.
Soldiers Grove Wis., has survived several floods from the Kickapoo river which runs through town. Officials are concerned that recent heavy snowfalls will add to the flood potential as the weather warms up. Two years ago, the Army Corps of Engineers built a dike that saved part of the town and the Engineers are back working again.
The Natl Weather service says that because of the recent temperature patterns so far in the Midwest flooding could occur a week or ten days earlier than in recent years and commodities have been urged to complete preparations as soon as possible.
Peter Nolan NBC Reporting.