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Old man river rises once again

Thursday, March 18, 2010

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Road Closed - Access to Cherokee from the east, via Highway 3, was temporarily cut off Tuesday morning, thanks to swelling waters on the Little Sioux River. Photo by Dan Whitney
Little Sioux River out of its banks in many areas

The Little Sioux River has been showing the effects of a combination of rain and snow melt in recent days as it has flooded Spring Lake Park and Wescott Park near the U.S. Highway 59 bridge near downtown Cherokee.

A flood warning was issued shortly after noon on Sunday. At 8 a.m. Monday, the Little Sioux water level was recorded at 22.3 feet. Flood stage is around 17 feet. The forecast calls for the river to crest at approximately 20 to 21 feet by Friday, March 19, before it begins falling.

The high water closed East Main Street near the east bridge for a few hours on Tuesday morning but was reopened later that day. Waters rose Wednesday afternoon and forced closure of East Main Street once again.

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Spring (Lake) Has Sprung (a Leak) - The road into Koser Spring Lake Park was closed Monday, due to the Lake's going over its banks. Photo by Dan Whitney
Tributaries to the Little Sioux River, such as Mill Creek, broke their banks last week but settled back down to near over-flow levels. Those levels continued to fluctuate into Wednesday night.

Also, many roadside ditches are extremely saturated with standing water while the water is making its way towards the river.

North of Cherokee near Spencer and Linn Grove, the Little Sioux was out of its banks, all the flooding due principally to ice floes backing up in the bends making dams and forcing the water backwards into low-lying areas much of it agriculture ground.

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A lot of water in the fields - This field along Highway 7 between Cherokee and Aurelia was full of water on Tuesday, courtesy of the Maple River. Photo by Dan Whitney
Both Spencer and Linn Grove reported similar flooding in low-lying areas and that water was still on its way to Cherokee and then south to Correctionville and Little Sioux before emptying into the Missouri River at Little Sioux.

The Maple River near Aurelia, the Big Sioux River near Akron and Hawarden, and the Floyd River in the Le Mars vicinity also has flooded low-lying areas and ag land.



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