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Little Sioux River water level begins to drop

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Richard Boothby, Chairman of the Cherokee Flood Committee, measures the Little Sioux River in Cherokee on Tuesday morning. Photo by Mike Leckband
River measures 19.55 feet as of Tuesday

The Little Sioux River began overflowing it banks last week but due to heavy rains over the weekend that water level climbed even higher and faster than anticipated.

On Sunday at 10 p.m. the Little Sioux River measured 18.65 feet and by Monday morning it measured 19.8 feet.

The river maxed out on Monday afternoon with its highest reading of 20.85 feet at 1:45 p.m. Richard Boothby, Cherokee Flood Committee Chairman, took a reading on Tuesday at 8 a.m. and the water level was down to 19.55. Boothby explains that due to the heavy saturation of the ground soil it doesn't take much rain to raise the river.

Several communities around Cherokee County and O'Brien County received anywhere from 3.5 inches to 5 inches of rain on Sunday evening. Mill Creek runs though both counties and contributes to the Little Sioux River and carried much of the rainfall down to Cherokee.

Currently the ball fields at Wescott Park and parts of Koser Spring Lake Park are under water. The flood level of the Little Sioux River at Cherokee is at 17 feet.

Boothby stated Tuesday morning that the river should keep on dropping as long as there is no new rain event.

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