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A large snowpack has set the stage for spring flooding in the Upper Minnesota River Valley, according to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen. Ice and snow buildup below the municipal dam in Granite Falls, where flows on the Minnesota River have been high through the winter. The Weather Service advises residents in flood-prone areas to get flood insurance immediately. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Fears of flooding beginning to intensify

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ST. PAUL -- Flood experts are delivering a simple warning to people across Minnesota: "Look out."

"If we have rapid (snow) melt, look out," said Dan Luna of the National Weather Service's Twin Cities office. The same is true, he added, if there is significant new snowfall or rainfall on frozen ground.

Already, most of the Upper Midwest has more snow than usually falls in an entire winter. "And we still have a good two months of winter," Luna said.

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Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.
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