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Peacetrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 08:29 PM
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Iowa City, Cedar Rapids... check in.. how are the rivers in your area?
Edited on Sat Mar-13-10 08:30 PM by Peacetrain
We have flood alerts here on the western side of the state... really thinking a lot about you guys
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petersjo02 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-13-10 09:02 PM
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1. The Cedar River is high, bank full and more,
but it hasn't yet caused flood damage in this area (Cedar County) yet. Here's hopin'.
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 06:27 AM
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2. I noticed the Wapsi has jumped its banks
On US 61 south of DeWitt the Wapsi has once again jumped its banks. I don't remember off hand what the Maquoketa is doing, but I imagine it's pretty high too.
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3waygeek Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 11:49 AM
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6. Has the Wapsi ever NOT flooded in spring?
Growing up in Bettendorf back in the 60s and 70s, we frequently drove up 61 to Dubuque to visit various relatives. Every spring, without fail, you could see (and sometimes drive through) the Wapsi's flood waters along the old highway; I remember at least one occasion where the water was axle-deep.

I also remember seeing flooding once or twice in downtown Davenport -- we'd drive down just to look at the water. Interestingly, we never had any flooding problems, despite living about half a mile from the Mississippi.
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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 12:11 PM
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7. Don't think so
I think it does it at least once every year. I go to the Quad Cities quite a bit for work so I get to see the Wapsi every day. So far it doesn't look to be up to the bridge deck yet like it was back in 2008.
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IADEMO2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 08:16 AM
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3. Looks like the Skunk River at Augusta is a stinker (Sorry)
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Blue Gardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 09:17 AM
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4. Iowa City is fine
As long as the Coralville Reservoir can hold enough water we're fine here.
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Tashca Donating Member (935 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 11:34 AM
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5. Took a short trip yesterday.....Saturday
I noticed the Coralville Reservoir had come up a tremendous amount in about a week. They had it fairly low this time as compared to 2008 at the same time.
The English at Riverside was out all over, but I've seen it much worse in recent years. It goes out and back in fairly quickly.
They had over 3 inches of rain in a couple of days in Washington. The small creeks were all over the place.
Here in Cedar Rapids the Cedar has definitely risen significantly the last few days and I heard it was suppose to crest Thursday with minor flooding.
What will tell the tail will be the amount of rainfall we receive in the next 30-60 days with the rivers so high. The 2008 flood crested here on June 12. In 2008 the rivers came up this time of year and never really went back down followed by heavy rainfall here and to the north.....I'm crossing my fingers...
I heard western Iowa was in worse shape than us right now.
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-14-10 03:21 PM
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8.  Flooding hits central Iowa the hardest

Flooding hits central Iowa the hardest



Central Iowa seems to be taking a lion's share of the flooding, especially in Fort Dodge where fast moving water covered roads and filled some basements yesterday.

Lt. David Beshey of the Fort Dodge Police Department said some neighborhoods north of the city saw significant flooding due to an ice jam on the Des Moines River. Several homes had water-filled basements and an old, unused hydroelectric dam sustained some damage from the ice.

The ice vacated the city about 6 a.m. this morning and the river is now back within its banks.

Farther down the Des Moines River, Des Moines Public Works Director Bill Stowe said the city is preparing for a long stretch of flooding. All city buildings in danger of flooding have been sandbagged and crews are visually monitoring Fleur Drive. Stowe said he is confident the low-lying roadway will remain open through rush hour on Monday but will probably close that evening.

"The conditions we are seeing will likely leave Fleur under water for five days," Stowe said.

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The Des Moines River is expected to crest near S.E. 6th Street on Wednesday afternoon, reaching almost five feet over flood stage at 28.7 feet. The Raccoon River is predicted to go six feet over flood stage and will also crest on Wednesday. Other areas around Des Moines will see a continued rise in water but Zogg said most areas downriver of the Saylorville Lake will be in good shape.

"It's definitely not major flooding," Zogg said.

...

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/article/20100314/NEWS/...




I haven't been on the road lately but that confirms what I heard yesterday from a traveler.

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47of74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-15-10 01:59 PM
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9. Maquoketa River is high
I glanced at the Maquoketa River this morning when I crossed over it on US 61. It's high, but it's still a few feet from its banks.
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