Although flooding of the Little Sioux River has always been a part of life in Cherokee, last week marked the unusual occurrence of the river overflowing its banks in February. Several ice jams collected in the Cherokee area due to the recent high temperatures and fast melting from this winter's heavy snowfall - forcing the river to find a new path downstream. Here, the Little Sioux River flows around an ice jam near Koser/Spring Lake Park in Cherokee.
Ice jam -
According to Richard Boothby, Flood Committee Chairman, warm temperatures and a fast melt of this winter's heavy snow caused tributaries of the Little Sioux River to rapidly melt and creeks to break apart, along with the upstream melting. Only time and higher temperatures will unblock the river. Pictured below is an ice jam on the Little Sioux River, looking south toward Spring Lake Park.