Conservation authority issues flood warning, watch across Grand River watershed

Conservation authority issues flood warning, watch across Grand River watershed

Conservation authority issues flood warning, watch across Grand River watershed

Individuals between Highway 30 and an area known as the Davenport addition in Fremont are urged to get to higher ground immediately, authorities say.

A flood warning for northern and parts of central Iowa has been extended through Saturday evening as "local creeks and streams, as well as the main river branches are running high", according to the weather service. The flooding was the worst in almost a decade in places, though the situation was expected to improve quickly in many places over the weekend, according to Mike Gillispie, National Weather Service hydrologist in Sioux Falls.

The GRCA said there is the potential for ice jams in Grand Valley, New Hamburg, West Montrose, Brantford, Six Nations Territory, Cayuga and Port Maitland.

"Things are moving and changing at a rapid pace", Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgeson said Friday at a news conference.

In Wisconsin, Darlington officials said the city broke its flooding record, since the Pecatonica River crested at 18.2 feet in 1993, according to CNN affiliate KCRG. In Iowa, a section of northbound Interstate 29 that runs parallel to the Missouri River was closed due to flooding.

Lower Michigan also saw severe thunderstorm warnings, watches, flooding, high winds and hail as the storm trekked across the Midwest. "Whether it's major (flooding), that remains to be seen, but it does look pretty likely that we'll see at least some more moderate flooding even after this first event is over".

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Friday morning, the Missouri River level at St. Joseph was just below 25 feet, heading swiftly to 27 feet, considered major flood stage. "We need you to follow instructions and evacuate when we say you need to evacuate".

The flooding has all but blocked access to some small communities along the river, where potable drinking water has become scarce as the flood has contaminated wells, Wight said. The alert triggered initial precautions, and if the river reaches 45 feet the plant will be taken offline.

The plant is in Brownville, about 60 miles south of Omaha, and is already functioning under emergency circumstances.

The storm also spawned at least three tornadoes in MI and in on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

"Turn around, don't drown when encountering flooded roads".

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