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Record Snowpack Causing Flood Worries

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- Snow pack experts say record high mountain snow pack could lead to heavy flooding in the spring.

Experts say a warm spring would put local rivers in danger of flooding.

The state's readings right now show lower mountain snowpacks, those are the ones below 4,500 feet that could lead to flooding, at about 140% of normal.

That's up about 10% from just a week ago.  

That means the state has 61 snowpack meters scattered throughout the cascades, 33 of those are considered low mountain meters that tell us how the snowpack is right now.

"We have big snow.  Out of 11 of those 33 stations, or 12 of those 33 stations, excuse me, we've set new record high levels, it could put us in some peril for potential you know flooding," said Scott Pattee, an NRCS water supply specialist. 

Experts say that flooding danger depends mostly on how quickly that snow melts and they're quick to point out flooding isn't the only effect of these record snowfalls, the hydro power system may see a boost because of excess runoff into the state's rivers.