River could reach ‘minor’ flood stage

T-R PHOTO BY ADAM SODDERS - The waters of the Iowa River are on the rise once again after recent rains in both Marshall County and in the streamÕs upper stretches in north-central Iowa. The level climbed above 16 feet as of mid-afternoon Friday and the National Weather Service predicts it to keep rising to 18.9 feet by Sunday. The river reaches ÒminorÓ flood stage at 19 feet, and the area immediately surrounding the river on Iowa Highway 14 on the north edge of town, shown here, is known to flood when the river gets high.

Those living on the north edge of Marshalltown along the Iowa River may have another fall flooding headache if waters continue to rise as predicted this weekend.

For the second time this month, the Iowa River is set to rise high, potentially sending water into the floodplain.

The National Weather Service reported a river level of 16.38 feet around 4 p.m. Friday. The water is expected to continue rising Saturday and Sunday, peaking at 18.9 feet.

The river is considered to be at a “minor” flood stage once it hits 19 feet. The watershed recently got a dose of rain, both in Marshall County and in the river’s upper reaches in north-central Iowa.

According to the NWS, if the river rises as predicted in the next few days, effects could range from roads in Timmons Grove County Park being impacted to lowland and agricultural flooding on Iowa Highway 330 and Highway 14 near the river.

To keep up with river conditions, visit https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?gage+miwi4&wfo=dmx

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Contact Adam Sodders at (641) 753-6611 or asodders@timesrepublican.com