Morning Meeting: Snowfall & Spring Flooding

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 9:54 am
By: Karen Sherman
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I don’t think I’ve heard from a single person today that they’re happy to see the snow.  But the good news is that it could slow flooding, at least for a little while.

Meteorologist Brian Karstens says Sioux Falls will see just a bit and there’s about one to three more inches expected north of Sioux Falls.

It’s really piling up in northeastern KELOLAND. We got a call earlier today about how the snow is covering road damage and that drivers can’t tell where roads are broken up or washed out by flooding.  Erich Schaffhauser is taking a closer look at what the snow is doing to flood conditions. 

The rain also increased river gauges overnight:

- The Big Sioux River at Dell Rapids is just over 15 feet; flood stage is 12 feet.

- At Brookings, it’s just over 13 feet and holding steady; flood stage is nine feet.  But some rural homes are getting surrounded by water. We’ll show you how one homeowner is dealing with the flooding as she looks for a boat.

- The James River at Huron is at 19.2 feet; flood stage is 11 feet.  That’s just a couple feet away from the record set in April 1997 at 21 feet.

- The Big Sioux River is expected to crest in Renner tomorrow afternoon. Hailey Higgins is in the community today to talk with homeowners who are watching the water rise.

And we’re hearing that the roads around Akron, IA are covered in water and homes are sitting on islands. We have a crew in town today to show you what they’re dealing with farther to the south.

We’re also constantly updating the map with alerts on our Flooding In KELOLAND section of the website. So if you have questions about a closed road, check that out. The “i” logos will link you to the county’s website where they’re keeping a running list of the latest closures.

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