MONTPELIER (AP) - City officials are monitoring rivers near Montpelier and are hopeful that the Vermont capital will avoid serious flooding.

Fire Chief Robert Gowans said that he doesn't think there will be flooding as the Winooski River is mostly ice-free.

The National Weather Service projects that the Winooksi, which runs through the city, will peak at a height of more than 9 feet around 1 a.m. Wednesday before it begins to recede. Flooding generally occurs when the river reaches 15 feet and businesses are put on notice if the rivers height reaches 11 feet.

City officials, including the Department of Public Works, will continue to monitor the situation.

Public Works Director Todd Law says there might be localized flooding.