DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As the crest of the Mississippi River makes its way south through Iowa this week, officials say the river’s rising waters have caused far fewer problems than originally feared.

The Mississippi River is expected to crest in the small town of Fulton on Thursday night and reach the Quad Cities by Saturday.

Though the river is far above flood stage, the gradual melting of snow up north and a lack of huge downpours have enabled communities along the river to avoid any significant damage.

Bellevue, Iowa mayor Virgil Murray says there’s a sense of relief because the town was warned about three weeks ago to prepare for much more serious flooding.

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