NWS: Tri-Cities has very little flood potential from melting snow

NWS: Tri-Cities has very little flood potential from melting snow

The National Weather Service says there is “very little to no flood potential” for the Tri-Cities depsite all the melting snow.

During the months of February and March, the Tri-Cities got the most snow in over a century. However, NWS employee Robert Brooks said the snow will melt gradually and shouldn’t produce any large amounts of water and the impact will be minimal.

“There will be muddy roads, and faster running rivers as they start to fill up,” Brooks said. “Anywhere where you have poor drainage or low areas, you’re going to have that start to pond up a little bit.”

As a precaution, Brooks recommends people shoveling the snow away from the foundation of their house so it doesn’t affect their basement or flooring. He also encourages people to move any animals or vehicles out of low-lying areas or fields.

The National Weather Service expects the Tri-Cities to get a little rain on Tuesday, but besides that, the area will be pretty dry aside from the melting snow.

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