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Above average snow may be the perfect storm for spring flooding

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SCANLON, MN -

It may be early February, but many people are already thinking about spring, and that includes the possibility of flooding.

Aaron Hanson is the co-owner of River Inn Bar and Grill located on the banks of the St, Louis river in Scanlon.

He knows how high the waters can get.

"The flood of 2012 took in about 2 feet inside the building itself." Said Hanson.

But thats not normal.

"The water would get up to our deck, but not much higher than that, that's pretty average." Added Hanson.

And with 1 to 3 feet of snow on the ground across the Northland, this winter has brought above average snowfall.

"The snow this year is quite a bit higher than it was last year. " It's among the top 5 snow packs we've had around the Northland." Said Sandstrom.

Josh Sandstrom with the National Weather Service says this spring has the potential for bad flooding, But it's still early.

"The next couple of months is a waiting period, we're not exactly sure whats going to happen." Added Sandstrom.

Sandstrom says the best thing you can do is to buy flood insurance. Which Hanson knows is a must for him.

"When you're in a zone A flood plain like we are here, you have to have flood insurance." Said Hanson.

Hanson says his flood insurance gives him peace of mind, and allows him to embrace the power of the river.

"Come done and check it out, because it's fun to see the river roaring in the spring." He said.

Meteorologist Alex Libby

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