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Drought persists, river shows it

July 28, 2012
By GARRY BRANDENBURG , Times-Republican

HOW LOW can the river go? Rivers in Iowa seldom go completely dry- Very low, yes. Right now the river gauging station on Highway 14 is reading 9.25 feet. This a relative and arbitrary number only as a benchmark to compare flow rates over time. It does not mean the river is that deep. River channels always have high spots and low spots. Deeper holes are where past currents have cut into a bank or behind a blockage of trees. The present flow rate is a tiny 62 cubic feet per second.



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