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Flooding in Westchester, Ill., in July 2010. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (WBBM) – Government forecasters say spring flooding is already beginning and the worst is yet to come, with a 95 percent chance of severe flooding in major towns in the Mississippi River Basin

The Chicago area is well east of the expected flood zones. But there could be flood problems in western Illinois.

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National Weather Service forecasters said metropolitan areas that face a greater than 95 percent chance of major flooding include Fargo and Grand Forks, N.D.; St. Paul, Minn.; Davenport, Iowa; Rock Island, Ill. and Sioux Falls and Huron, S.D.

The highest flood risks are concentrated in the Upper Midwest – particularly parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana.

In addition, flooding is likely in the region around New York City including southern New England and the Catskill mountains.