Rivers Visible

There is snow all over Iowa and with a clear sky this afternoon we have a great view of the rivers across the state.  Darker areas on the map are the rivers.

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Posted under Education, Rivers, Winter Weather

This post was written by Schnack on February 13, 2018

Ice on the Turkey River

Here are a few photos of the Turkey River at Millville (south of Guttenberg) at the Highway 52 bridge.  Photos taken by Kelly Fairbanks.

The Turkey River has been going down through Tuesday. Here is a look at the river stage/forecast along the Turkey River at Garber.

 

 

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Posted under Ice, Rivers

This post was written by Schnack on January 23, 2018

Ice on the water

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Pony Creek Sunday morning. Located north of Elkader. Taken by: Joyce Patrick‎

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Ice on the Cedar River south of La Porte City. Taken by : Heather Schoenberger

 

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Posted under Ice, Rivers

This post was written by Schnack on January 23, 2017

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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Posted under Flooding, Rivers

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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Posted under Flooding, Rivers

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

Ice Jam at Fort Dodge

There is some thick ice that has caused an ice jam on the Des Moines River near Fort Dodge. Here are a few photos from the National Weather Service in Des Moines from this afternoon. Click here to take a look at the latest river stage.

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Posted under Flooding, Rivers

This post was written by Schnack on February 22, 2016

Area River Levels (Current and Forecast)

Click on the rivers below for the current level and forecast crest.

Beaver Creek

Cedar River

English River

Iowa River

Maquoketa River

Mississippi River

Shell Rock River

Turkey River

Upper Iowa River

Wapsipinicon River

West Fork Cedar River

 

NWS Des Moines Rivers…Click here.

NWS Davenport Rivers…Click here.

NWS La Crosse Rivers…Click here.

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Posted under Flooding, Rivers, Weather Links

This post was written by Kyle Kiel on December 16, 2015

Cedar River at Waverly Follow Up

During the weekend I posted a statement from the National Weather Service saying they will not be issuing forecasts/warnings for the Cedar River at Waverly any longer. Here is the original post.

In the post it didn’t mention why the change and that I would contact the NWS Monday. Well here it is Monday and after asking Jeff Zogg, the Senior Hydrologist at the NWS in Des Moines, here is what he said :

“The request came from city officials.  They recently completed construction of an automated dam in Waverly that replaced the old one.  Due to the automated nature of this dam, it will make it quite challenging to provide accurate river forecasts.  Before we began providing forecast services there, the local people used the Charles City and Janesville river forecasts as a guide in Waverly.  They plan to do that again.”

 

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This post was written by Schnack on April 23, 2012

Cedar River Changes at Waverly

From the NWS:

DISCONTINUATION OF RIVER FORECAST AND RIVER FLOOD WARNING SERVICES FOR THE CEDAR RIVER AT WAVERLY IOWA… EFFECTIVE MONDAY…MAY 14 2012…AT 12 PM CDT

PER COORDINATION WITH LOCAL OFFICIALS…THE NWS IN DES MOINES WILL DISCONTINUE RIVER FORECAST AND FLOOD WARNING SERVICES FOR THE CEDAR RIVER AT WAVERLY…EFFECTIVE AT THE DATE AND TIME MENTIONED ABOVE.

THIS MEANS THAT ALL RIVER FORECASTS…AS WELL AS RIVER FLOOD WARNINGS AND STATEMENTS…WILL NO LONGER BE ISSUED FOR THE CEDAR RIVER AT WAVERLY IOWA BEGINNING ON THE EFFECTIVE DATE AND TIME.

RIVER FORECAST AND FLOOD WARNING SERVICES WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED UPSTREAM FOR THE CEDAR RIVER AT CHARLES CITY…AND DOWNSTREAM FOR THE CEDAR RIVER AT JANESVILLE.

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Posted under NOAA, Rivers

This post was written by Schnack on April 21, 2012