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.
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 ñ much of it agriculture ground.
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.