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High Snowpack Could Lead to Flooding

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RICHLAND, Wash.- There is a down side to the above average snow fall. 

It could cause flood problems when it starts to melt.

Experts say that all depends on how the snow melts.

They say the snow pack right now is at about 110 to 115% of usual, but if it melts slowly it shouldn't cause any problems along local rivers like the Yakima.  

People who live along the Yakima River have already had minor flooding problems this season, but experts say it's too early to predict whether those problems will get worse.

"If we get all of a sudden a pineapple express coming in that raises the temperature into the 60s and 70s and melts that very quickly there's a good possibility we could have some major flooding in the area," said Steve Sautter with Benton County Emergency Services.

If you do live in a flood prone area, experts do say you'll want to buy insurance and remember to buy early, it takes 30 days for it to go into effect.  

Of course all those predictions could change if the mountains continue to get pounded with snow like they have over the last few days.

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