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    Flooding

    This is really reminding me a lot of the 2010 floods that hit Ames, and it looks like the threat is back. Saturated grounds, high river/creek levels, and many days of forecasted heavy rain to come.

    Hopefully it does not get that bad, but hopefully some preparations are starting (Hilton especially).



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    Re: Flooding

    Sure doesn't look like the waters in the Skunk and Squaw have far to go to reach the 2010 levels. It's crazy how different this year has been from the last.



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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    This is really reminding me a lot of the 2010 floods that hit Ames, and it looks like the threat is back. Saturated grounds, high river/creek levels, and many days of forecasted heavy rain to come.

    Hopefully it does not get that bad, but hopefully some preparations are starting (Hilton especially).

    I have heard that Hilton is now protected up to 2 feet higher than the highest level in 2010.



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    Re: Flooding

    If anyone is from the Ida Grove area, it sounds like that Pizza Hut on that island is getting to be flooded.



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    Re: Flooding

    we are at lake ponderosa for the first time saturday/sunday. that lake had to have risen at least a couple of feet by sunday afternoon. sunday morning, there were boats floating in the middle of the lake


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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonesurveyor View Post
    we are at lake ponderosa for the first time saturday/sunday. that lake had to have risen at least a couple of feet by sunday afternoon. sunday morning, there were boats floating in the middle of the lake
    Should the boats be under water instead? haha just giving you a hard time. I know what you mean.


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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    I have heard that Hilton is now protected up to 2 feet higher than the highest level in 2010.
    The high water level had nothing to do with Hilton flooding in 2010. The water pressure broke out the glass windows in the entrance on the bottom of the west side of the building and inundated the building. In 1993, the water got in by the service ramp, and they created a flood gate to put up to stop that. That flood gate did what it was supposed to in 2010, but the water still found a way in.



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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    The high water level had nothing to do with Hilton flooding in 2010. The water pressure broke out the glass windows in the entrance on the bottom of the west side of the building and inundated the building. In 1993, the water got in by the service ramp, and they created a flood gate to put up to stop that. That flood gate did what it was supposed to in 2010, but the water still found a way in.

    I talked to a guy last night who knows what he is talking about. I didn't ask him about "water pressure," but that seems to be fairly closely related to water height. And I don't think he was thinking that glass windows would be relied on for protection.



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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonedave25 View Post
    Should the boats be under water instead? haha just giving you a hard time. I know what you mean.

    fine.. boats that were not tied down before or raised high enough on the lift (our hosts case), were floating in the middle of the lake.


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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by Cycsk View Post
    I talked to a guy last night who knows what he is talking about. I didn't ask him about "water pressure," but that seems to be fairly closely related to water height. And I don't think he was thinking that glass windows would be relied on for protection.
    Yeah I'm no expert, but I do know it was not a matter of water height that got Hilton in 2010, unlike 1993. They did put stronger glass in there after 2010, so I'm assuming it can hold more pressure, which is probably related to water levels as you said. But the only thing I will say is after 1993, they thought they had the problem fixed, and it just found another way in. Water is a beast, its hard to hold back.



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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckd4735 View Post
    Yeah I'm no expert, but I do know it was not a matter of water height that got Hilton in 2010, unlike 1993. They did put stronger glass in there after 2010, so I'm assuming it can hold more pressure, which is probably related to water levels as you said. But the only thing I will say is after 1993, they thought they had the problem fixed, and it just found another way in. Water is a beast, its hard to hold back.

    Well, I hope they got it fixed this time. And I hope that 2013 won't be a year that tests it!



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    Re: Flooding

    Stalled out front right now. Low level jet kicking in tonight. Central and southern half of Iowa is in for it tonight. A couple more inches to add on.

    Looking at 5-6" widespread total through Saturday. There will likely be isolated places that pick up more too. The problem will be when it all falls at once. Tonight-Thursday will be the timeframe to watch. Headed into a nasty time right now with the ground plumb full of water and rivers high/flooding ongoing. Keep an eye on the river if you live near one.

    Marshalltown Airport has already picked up an astounding 15.82" of rain this month! That is insane!


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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by zwclones51 View Post
    If anyone is from the Ida Grove area, it sounds like that Pizza Hut on that island is getting to be flooded.


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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCYWX View Post
    Stalled out front right now. Low level jet kicking in tonight. Central and southern half of Iowa is in for it tonight. A couple more inches to add on.

    Looking at 5-6" widespread total through Saturday. There will likely be isolated places that pick up more too. The problem will be when it all falls at once. Tonight-Thursday will be the timeframe to watch. Headed into a nasty time right now with the ground plumb full of water and rivers high/flooding ongoing. Keep an eye on the river if you live near one.

    Marshalltown Airport has already picked up an astounding 15.82" of rain this month! That is insane!
    Is there a website somewhere that has MTD and YTD precipitation data for different locations? I tried (not very hard) to find one yesterday and didn't have much luck.



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    Re: Flooding

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCYWX View Post
    Stalled out front right now. Low level jet kicking in tonight. Central and southern half of Iowa is in for it tonight. A couple more inches to add on.

    Looking at 5-6" widespread total through Saturday. There will likely be isolated places that pick up more too. The problem will be when it all falls at once. Tonight-Thursday will be the timeframe to watch. Headed into a nasty time right now with the ground plumb full of water and rivers high/flooding ongoing. Keep an eye on the river if you live near one.

    Marshalltown Airport has already picked up an astounding 15.82" of rain this month! That is insane!
    My neighbor had us at 9.5" for just this weekend (before last night). Yes, my basement flooded.



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