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Published January 27, 2011, 03:13 PM

Officials: Potential for Serious Flooding in Minnesota

Officials say there's a potential for serious flooding in the Twin Cities area and across Minnesota this spring.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials say there's a potential for serious flooding in the Twin Cities area and across Minnesota this spring.

An updated forecast released Thursday predicts widespread flooding. And the National Weather Service says rivers in some areas could top their 2009 and 2010 crest levels.

The Red, Minnesota, and Upper Mississippi rivers are the main concerns, along with the St. Croix (croy) River. Many southeastern cities still cleaning up from flooding last fall could also be affected.

Kris Eide (EYE'-dee), the state's emergency management director, says people need to take the threat seriously,

She's recommends that homeowners consider buying flood insurance before the snowmelt and spring rains. Flood damage is not covered under a standard homeowner's policy, and there's a 30-day waiting period before a flood policy goes into effect.

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