June 2010 Flood

Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Photos by Katie Carnes and Mike Leckband, except where noted. Aerial photos coutesy of Dr. Dan Gillette

Cherokee County was hit hard with heavy rain downpours over the weekend of June 26-27, 2010. Accurate total amounts were unattainable due to most weather rain gauges leveling out anywhere from five to eight inches. The Cherokee Fire and Rescue confirmed 6.3 inches of rain over the weekend but also stated that total amount was anywhere from six to eight inches. Tornado warnings and thunderstorms warnings were both issued on Friday and Saturday evenings. All this heavy rain was on top of another heavy storm system that occurred last Wednesday that saturated the ground even more that the past couple of weeks of rain. This saturation made the perfect scenario for flooding. Area creeks and tributaries busted out of their banks and poured into the Little Sioux River in the early hours on Sunday. Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 a.m. the Little Sioux River crested at a record-high 27.3 feet. In the flood of 1993, the Little Sioux River reached 27.2 feet, according to Richard Boothby, Co-Chair of the Little Sioux Flood Committee.