River Flooding Update

Area rivers across northeast Iowa have once again been on the rise over the last several days after another round of heavy rainfall.  Fortunately, many locations are beginning to see the rivers fall.  However, minor flooding is occurring on the Cedar River at Cedar Falls, with moderate flooding occurring on the Turkey River at Elgin (the river is now falling), Elkader, and minor flooding along the Turkey River at Garber.  Click here for area river levels from the National Weather Service.

Cedar River at Cedar Falls

Turkey at Elkader

Turkey at Garber

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on September 11, 2016

ICYMI Sep 9 Flooding/Shelf Cloud/Canada/ISS

Another round of flooding rain today across northern Iowa. There are some isolated higher amounts of 4-5″ of rain.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

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The Turkey River is flooding and up around the Inwood Ballroom again in Spillville.

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Photo taken by Paul Leo Wermers

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The map below shows the Inwood Ballroom in relation to the Turkey River.
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There was a line of storms pushing east this afternoon. Ahead of the line of storms was a shelf cloud. Here photos taken from many different angles of the shelf cloud as it moved across eastern Iowa.

Here is a brief explanation of what a shelf cloud is and how it forms from the NWS.
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Photo was taken in Alberta, Canada
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Here are two views from the International Space Station this evening flying over the Pacific Ocean.
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Click here to see the LIVE feed from the International Space Station

 

 

 

 

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This post was written by Schnack on September 9, 2016

River Flooding Update

The good news is, all of the rivers experiencing flooding in northeast Iowa have reached, or are reaching their highest point as of Saturday afternoon, and will be falling below flood stage as we head into the end of the weekend and early next week.  Still, parts of the Cedar River, and Wapsipinicon River have flood warnings.

Flood Warning

If you live near the Wapsipinicon River in Bremer County, you’ve likely noticed a rise in the river to right around Flood Stage.  The river will be falling the rest of the weekend.

A Flood Warning continues for the Cedar River at Cedar Falls, until early Monday morning.  Saturday afternoon, the river was cresting at around 91.31 feet, and will gradually fall to Flood Stage by Monday morning.  At 91.2 feet, flooding begins to cover portions of Lake Street.  Downstream in Waterloo, you may notice a rise in the river, but flooding is not forecast.

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River levels along the Turkey River are beginning to fall significantly.  The Turkey River at Eldorado is now below Flood Stage.  Minor flooding is still occurring along the Turkey River at Clermont, and continues to fall.

Turkey at Clermont

Major flooding is still occurring near Elgin, but is gradually falling.

Turkey at Elgin

The Flood Warning for the Turkey River at Elkader and Garber has been canceled, as the river is now below Flood Stage.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 27, 2016

Top 5 Record Crest in Elkader

The Turkey river in Elkader crested a bit lower than forecast, but still caused a lot of damage. The river crest of 22. 57 feet puts this as the 4th highest on record. The river level is falling and is forecast to drop to flood stage Saturday night.
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This post was written by Schnack on August 26, 2016

Potential Historic Flood Friday

Heavy rain earlier this week has now made its way into the Turkey River and it is on the rise. The river is rising about one foot per hour. The forecast crest is near 25.5 to 27.0 ft Friday afternoon. The record crest is 27.77 feet on June 10, 2008.
Here is a look the river earlier this afternoon.
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Elkader has been working quickly for the last 48 hours to prepare for the water to move downstream.
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Once the river reaches the crest Friday morning it will fall just as fast dropping below flood stage by Saturday night.
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This post was written by Schnack on August 25, 2016

River Flooding and Levels

Very heavy rain in our northern counties early Wednesday has caused river flooding.  Winneshiek, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, and Howard counties have multiple river locations that are at least nearing minor flood stage. There are some locations that have moderate or major flooding either currently or will in the next 48 hours.

HOWARD COUNTY:

UIR_limesprings

The Upper Iowa River near Lime Springs has major flooding with a current level of 14.62 feet. Only observed stages are available at this location.

TR_Cresco

The Turkey River near Cresco is currently in minor flood stage at 9.03 feet. It peaked earlier Thursday at 15.11 feet (moderate flood stage). Only observed stages are available at this location.

 

CHICKASAW COUNTY:

LCR_Ionia

The Little Cedar River near Ionia is near flood stage at 9.06 ft. Only observed stages are available at this location.

LCR_nashua

The Little Cedar River at Nashua is in minor flood stage at 9.26. Only observed stages are available at this location.

 

WINNESHIEK COUNTY:

UIR_kendallville

The Upper Iowa River at Kendallville is near flood stage at 12.1 feet. Only observed stages are available at this location.

UIR_bluffton

The Upper Iowa River at Bluffton is currently near minor flood stage at 13.65 feet. It is expected to fall below the action stage Thursday night.

UIR_decorah

The Upper Iowa River near Decorah 3 NW is in minor flood stage at 13.61 feet. Only observed stages are available at this location.

UIR_decorah2

The Upper Iowa River at Decorah is currently in moderate flood stage at 13.11 feet. It is expected to fall below flood stage Thursday morning.

TR_Spillville

The Turkey River at Spillville is currently in major flood stage at 19.23 feet. It peaked at 20.25 feet. Only observed stages are available at this location.

 

FAYETTE COUNTY:

TR_ ElDorado

The Turkey River near El Dorado is currently in major flood stage at 17.58 feet. Only observed stages are available at this location.

TR_ Clermont

The Turkey River at Clermont is right below flood stage at 15.99 feet. This is the highest level recorded over the past 24 hours. Only observed stages are available at this location.

 

ALLAMAKEE COUNTY:

UIR_dorchester

The Upper Iowa River at Dorchester is currently in major flood stage at 22.05 feet. It is expected to fall below flood stage Friday night.

MR_Lansing

The Mississippi River at Lansing is currently in the action stage at 12.25 feet. It is expected to rise until Friday morning but will stay below flood stage.

MR_Lynxville

The Mississippi River at Lynxville is currently in the action stage at 619.95 feet. It is expected to rise until Friday but will stay below flood stage.

 

CLAYTON COUNTY:

TR_elgin

The Turkey River near Elgin is currently in minor flood stage at 12.97 feet. Only observed stages are available at this location.

MR_mcgregor

The Mississippi River at Lynxville is currently at 12.62 feet. It is expected to rise until Saturday but will stay below flood stage.

TR_elkader

The Turkey River at Elkader is currently near minor flood stage at 11.84 feet. It is expected to rise to 25 feet Thursday afternoon (major flood stage) before falling below flood stage on Friday.

TR_ garber

The Turkey River at Garber is currently not in flood stage at 9.7 feet. It is expected to rise to 26 feet (major flood stage) Thursday afternoon before falling below flood stage again on Friday night.

MR_Guttenberg

The Mississippi River at Guttenberg is currently at 11.02 feet. It is expected to rise until Friday but will stay below flood stage.

 

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This post was written by Rachael Peart on August 24, 2016

Flooding Rain

Heavy rain has been falling across northern Iowa this evening leaving the rest of the area rain free through midnight.
KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

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This post was written by Schnack on August 23, 2016

Major Flooding in Lousiana

While we had our own heavy rain event Thursday night and Friday morning here in eastern Iowa (1 to 7 inches), the situation is much worse to our south in Louisiana.  A slow moving storm system has dumped at least 1 to 2 feet of rain across portions of the state, with more rain on the way in the days ahead, potentially dropping several more inches of rain.

KWWL 2015 MAX Storm ED

As of Saturday evening (8/13), 3 people have died in the floods.

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 13, 2016

Thursday/Friday Rainfall Totals

Very heavy rain tracked through eastern Iowa Thursday and Friday, most of which fell Thursday night.  We’ve had rainfall reports of around an inch, to as high as 7 inches across eastern Iowa.

Here’s the Doppler Radar estimates over the last 48 hours.

48 hr rain

Last 48 Hours:  
City Total
Waterloo 1.48
Dubuque 1.56
Cedar Rapids 5.02
Iowa City 2.82
Last 24 Hours:
Ainsworth 7.4 N 3.98
Allison 1.25
Amana 3.5 ENE 4.33
Amana 4.7 W 5.70
Anamosa 3SSW 2.05
Belle Plaine 3.20
Bellevue 0.3 SSW 3.20
Bellevue L& D 12 2.60
Brighton 2.77
Cascasde 2.09
Cedar Falls 0.6 N 0.78
Cedar Falls 1.4 SSE 1.36
Cedar Rapids 3.4 NW 4.40
Center Point 0.6 NNW 3.69
Central City 6.7 W 2.23
Charles City 0.70
Clarksville 0.2 NW 0.71
Clutier 2.19
Coggon 3.89
Colwell 0.53
Coralville 1.8 NW 2.62
Cresco 1NE 0.32
Decorah 4.9SE 0.66
Decorah 7.9 ENE 0.41
Dubuque #3 1.41
Dubuque L&D #11 0.96
Dysart 3.1 N 2.93
Edgewood 1.28
Eldora 1.2 ENE 1.35
Elkader 6SSW 1.16
Elma 0.41
Ely 0.5 SE 5.64
Fort Atkinson 0.2 SE 0.89
Gilbertville 1.0 NW 1.35
Grundy Center 1.35
Guttenberg L&D 10 0.46
Hampton 0.93
Hopkinton 0.2 NE 3.63
Independence 1.2 N 1.27
Ionia 2W 1.02
Iowa City 3.47
Iowa City 4.5 N 2.00
Iowa Falls 1.59
Kalona 7.3 NNW 2.48
Kesley 3 NE 1.42
Latimer 1.9 NE 0.89
Manchester No. 2 1.06
Maquoketa 4 W 2.51
Marengo 2.6 SSW 4.06
Marengo 4W 4.71
Marion 1.2 NE 3.61
Marion 1.7 NNW 3.34
Monona 0.53
Monticello 2.73
Nashua 2SW 0.91
New Hampton 0.82
New Hampton 0.3 NNW 1.22
North English 1.97
North Liberty 1.0 ENE 3.42
Oelwein 1NE 1.15
Osage 0.56
Parkersburg 1.40
Parnell 0.1 SSW 3.6
Peosta 2.9 E 1.11
Quasqueton 1.8 S 3.22
Robins 0.4 SSE 3.63
Sigourney 1.92
Sigourney 1.1 W 1.90
Solon 0.3 ESE 5.58
St. Ansgar 0.75
Stanley 4W 0.71
Strawberry Point 1.29
Swisher 0.4 NNE 6.95
Toledo 3N 2.42
Traer 2.50
Tripoli 1.19
Vinton 6.25
Volga 1NE 1.01
Washington 1.64
Waterloo 1.4 ESE 1.10
Waterloo 1.8 SSE 0.98
Waterloo 3.0 NNW 1.73
Waucoma 1.37
Waucoma 0.2 N 1.54
Waucoma 3.2 S 1.54
Williamsburg 3.70

Several counties are under a Flood Warning until 6:45 PM Friday (8/12) for rising ditches, creeks, streams and rivers.  Remember, if you come across a flooded roadway, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.”

Flood Warning

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 12, 2016

Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding Potential

We are tracking an area of low pressure and a cold front that will move through eastern Iowa Thursday evening and overnight.  As you know, it’s very humid out so there is a lot of moisture available in the atmosphere.  Heavy rain will be the primary threat as these storms move there.  There is a slight risk for severe weather, mainly in western parts of Iowa.  But, as the storms move through, gusty winds are possible.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the KWWL viewing area through Friday morning.

Flash Flood Watch

 

The Weather Prediction Center has eastern Iowa in a Slight to Moderate risk for flash flooding.

 

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Widespread 1-3″ totals are expected, with locally higher amounts.

 

Flash Flood 1

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This post was written by Kyle Kiel on August 11, 2016