Published: Sun, March 17, 2019
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Possible flood warning issued for Saturday

Possible flood warning issued for Saturday

"Residents please to quickly evacuate and move to higher ground now!"

Meanwhile, a flood warning has been issued for the Nith River, where flows through New Hamburg are expected to peak on Friday afternoon based on the current forecast.

Rapid rises in water levels are expected to impact the Fremont area and a new flash flood alert has been issued. Wilmot flood co-ordinators are asked to continue to monitor conditions due to the risk of ice jam flooding.

Flooding in the central US on Friday swamped small towns, forced some residents along waterways to evacuate, threatened to temporarily close a nuclear power plant and shut down stretches of a major river and an interstate highway, foreshadowing a hard spring flooding season.

Along with the Perry area, locations where flooding is possible include West Des Moines, Urbandale, Clive, Waukee, Grimes, Adel, Guthrie Center, Stuart, Dallas Center, Earlham, Granger, Panora, De Soto, Woodward, Van Meter, Jordan Creek town Center, Lake Panorama, Redfield and Adair.

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Weather service meteorologist Brian Pierce in Davenport, Iowa, says moderate flooding Saturday along the Mississippi River is just the beginning.

Leaders monitoring the incident say that some levees are deteriorating and that some may be breached soon.

"This is the largest widespread amount of flooding we've had in the last half century", he said, according to CNN affiliate KTIV.

Farther east, the Mississippi River saw moderate flooding in IL from Rock Island south to Gladstone.

The two cities have implemented several measures such as home buyouts and levees since then.

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At 9:45 a.m. Thursday the stage was 9.0 feet. Meteorologist Brian Pierce with the National Weather Service's Quad Cities office in Davenport, Iowa, said flooding on the MS could get worse a few weeks as more snow melts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Thousands of homes and businesses were still without power Friday in Colorado, mostly in the Denver area, although crews worked throughout the day to restore electricity.

At Clarksville, the NWS gave a greater than 95 percent chance of minor flooding (over 25 feet) and moderate flooding (over 31 feet) and a 88 percent chance of major flooding over that period.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an emergency disaster proclamation and activated the state emergency operations center Thursday. DO NOT take USA 275 North. Flooding in Hamburg, Iowa will block your progress.

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

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