Conservation authority issues flood warning, watch across Grand River watershed

17 March, 2019, 12:10 | Author: Carlos George
  • RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT SURNAME- Tom Wilke left his son Chad center and Nick Kenny launch a boat into the swollen waters of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River to check on Witke's flooded property in Norfolk Neb. Friday

The Missouri River was in a holding pattern Saturday.

As of now, several area rivers are expected to be into minor to moderate flood stage by Friday and Saturday. Consequently, flooding of low-lying land, roads and farmland is possible. The Missouri Highway Patrol is preparing additional equipment, and swift water rescue personnel are on standby. That would be the third highest crest on record for St. Joseph, behind historic crests of 29.97 feet in 2011 and 32.07 feet in 1993.

There is a flood watch in place for the Conestogo River through Drayton and St. Jacobs, and the Speed River through Cambridge.

According to a news release, the Missouri River's level at the location of the nuclear power plant had climbed to 42.5 feet, or 899.05 feet above sea level.

"Major and historical river flooding will continue this weekend focused across Iowa, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin, eastern Nebraska and southeast South Dakota", the National Weather Service reported. Pierce calls it the "dress rehearsal for the main event that's going to happen in early April".

"If it melts all at once, that's not good", Watson said.

"This is the worst flooding we've had since then", Darlington Police Chief Jason King said, according to the news station.

RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT SURNAME- Tom Wilke center his son Chad right and Nick Kenny load a boat out of the swollen waters of the North Fork of the Elkhorn River after checking on the Witke's flooded property in Norfolk Neb. Friday March 1
Some roads closed due to flooding

The federal agency justifies its ominous reports based on the build up of snow in the northern stretches of the Mississippi River basin, high levels soil moisture, and the current volume of water already moving through the river and its tributaries.

The flooding followed days of snow and rain - record-setting, in some places - that swept through the West and Midwest.

"That's how fast the water was coming up", Martin said.

The U.S. Coast Guard shut down all traffic on the Missouri River from about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) south of Omaha, Nebraska, downstream to St. Joseph, Missouri on Friday, a stretch of about 70 miles (112.7 kilometers). "It's not controlled by the reservoirs".

The storm gained "bomb cyclogenesis" or "bombogenesis" status earlier in the week after its air pressure dropped precipitously within 24 hours, causing wind gusts of almost 100 mph while simultaneously dropping several inches of snow and rain.

"They are trying to match those up with what the model is showing", he said. Ice jam blockades on rivers and still-frozen ground, which maximizes runoff, are only making matters worse.

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