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Quick melt-off could spell trouble in flood-prone areas

7:05 AM, Mar. 12, 2014
Yard MD: Ice out on the Fox River washes away wint...
Yard MD: Ice out on the Fox River washes away wint...: Yard MD: Ice out on the Fox River washes away winter. Little Lake Butte des Morts and the Fox broke free from their winter shield of ice and floes could be seen all through Appleton as the ice relented to the strong current. March 9, 2014
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Clogged stormwater drains and huge puddles on streets and roads could be a sign of things to come if temperatures rise too quickly and rain adds to a rapid melt-off this spring.

Road crews were out clearing snow and ice from curbs and shoulders this week as temperatures in the 40s and even 50s caused minor, localized flooding.

"We're keeping up," said De Pere Public Works Director Scott Thoreson, whose crews have been out. "It warms up for a few days and then chills out. That's a good thing. I'll call it Mother Nature being kind to us." ...

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