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Local flooding not bad

Thursday, June 19, 2008

There is some flooding at Spring Lake and Wescott parks and there is standing water in low lying farm fields, but Cherokee County is fortunate compared other areas of the state, according to Richard Boothby, co-chair of the Little Sioux Flood Committee.

Down in the valley - Lowland areas next to the Little Sioux River are extremely saturated due to the high volume of water currently traveling down the river. Photo by Mike Leckband
"I don't expect much increase in the water levels," Boothby said on Friday.

The flood committee is responsible for keeping track of water levels and reporting to the National Weather Service office in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Boothby acknowledges that the wet weather has caused many farmers problems. Even where there isn't standing water, soil is saturated with water, causing loss of crop production as the season gets later.

Because excessively wet soils are present in such a large area of the Midwest, grain prices are expected to go higher, according to some agriculture experts.

Flooding has been more severe in eastern Iowa, particularly in Cedar Rapids, where thousands of homes have been evacuated as the result of flooding from the Cedar River. Flooding caused a railroad bridge to collapse in Cedar Rapids.

The Mississippi River is expected to continue to rise for some time, causing extensive flooding in communities along that river. Also the Iowa River is expected to rise further in Iowa City. Other rivers in the Midwest have gone out of their banks.

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