Wind advisory, Moreau River flood warning issued Wednesday

Sergio Conner
March 16, 2019

Meanwhile, a flood warning has been issued for the Nith River, where flows through New Hamburg are expected to peak on Friday afternoon based on the current forecast.

Major ice jams on both rivers near Columbus led to a flash flood emergency Thursday in the area.

Due to the excess water, the Missouri River is expected to reach 1092-1093 feet in the Dakota Dunes area and 1096-1097 in the Wynstone area.

People living in the Upper River Don catchment area have been urged to be prepared for possible flooding.

The late winter storm, dubbed a "bomb cyclone" by meteorologists, left blizzards, floods and tornados in its wake after hitting the U.S. Mountain and Plains states this week, before pushing east into the Midwest and the Great Lakes Region early Friday. The releases could worsen flooding downstream, though the agency was helping with levee monitoring and other flood response measures, and it stopped releases from Fort Randall Dam upstream from Gavins Point.

Officials are confident that the flooding around the plant presents no danger to the public, power district spokesman Mark Becker said. The city is now working to bolster levees. Large-scale snow melt has also increased the overall water content, causing rivers and streams to overflow their banks, and levees to fail.

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At 9:45 a.m. Thursday the stage was 9.0 feet. They could be tested this year.

Many central Iowa rivers may see moderate flooding into next week from the rain and snowmelt runoff, the weather service said. Flood stage is 15.0 feet.

More than 140,000 farm acres are anticipated to be affected by the flooding.

Flooding is also common if somewhat less widespread in parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and South Dakota in particular.

Since issuing that statement, the Weather Service itself had to evacuate due to a dike failure on the Platte River.

"Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads".

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