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    1993 flashbacks

    Just wondering with all the rain the Skunk River basin got overnight and with it still raining yet, what kind of flooding potential we have here in Ames. After seeing radar last night and saw the line moving south/southeast, and with all the rain we have had lately, it looks like the potential is there to see it again. I hope not though. Sump pump has been running a lot in the last 6 hours and I don't even live in the flood plain!! Haven't heard it run this much since 1993.....



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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    The ground is saturated. The Raccoon and the Des Moines valleys are full of water.

    Continued precip through the next couple weeks could produce problems... though I'm told that a more Iowa-friendly person is now in place at the level that determines outflow rates at Saylor and Red Rock. I know it's Fed jurisdiction now, but when you hire a local, they tend to take care of their own.

    I know this whole issue can be politicized, but Momma Nature is gonna do whatever she wants. Having some Iowans in the Army Corps wont hurt us this time around. I trust they will make the right decisions.

    Living in DSM, I don't look at our rain... I look at Fat Dodge and further up the river, and they have been hammered with water. A couple low dams later, and we are swimming to work.


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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    I heard some small hail last night. I woke up this morning and there was 3 inches of rain in the gauge. Quite a bit more than I was expecting.



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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    I had a sinus/weather headache all day yesterday, I should have trusted that rather than the weather which wasn't really calling for rain last night. No headache today yet, hopefully that means we can bypass tonight's storm.

    We really, really need some dry weather. Like 2 weeks worth. I hope we get it.



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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    Squaw Creek runs through my backyard and I've watched it rise about 1' in the last 2 hours. Luckily the house is up on a hill so we have no worry of being flooded.



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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    You can check out the river/lake gauges from the NWS...

    Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service: Des Moines


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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by jsb View Post
    I had a sinus/weather headache all day yesterday, I should have trusted that rather than the weather which wasn't really calling for rain last night. No headache today yet, hopefully that means we can bypass tonight's storm.

    We really, really need some dry weather. Like 2 weeks worth. I hope we get it.
    Good news, a dryer pattern is setting up, after tonight of course. Might not be two weeks, but it should be dry through next Friday. That will help things!


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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by MNCYWX View Post
    Good news, a dryer pattern is setting up, after tonight of course. Might not be two weeks, but it should be dry through next Friday. That will help things!
    Yeah, I just saw this on the news. Supposedly no rain for the next few days after the front moves through tonight/tomorrow morning. Of course, I'll believe it when I actually see it.


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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by KneeGusto View Post
    The ground is saturated. The Raccoon and the Des Moines valleys are full of water.

    Continued precip through the next couple weeks could produce problems... though I'm told that a more Iowa-friendly person is now in place at the level that determines outflow rates at Saylor and Red Rock. I know it's Fed jurisdiction now, but when you hire a local, they tend to take care of their own.

    I know this whole issue can be politicized, but Momma Nature is gonna do whatever she wants. Having some Iowans in the Army Corps wont hurt us this time around. I trust they will make the right decisions.

    Living in DSM, I don't look at our rain... I look at Fat Dodge and further up the river, and they have been hammered with water. A couple low dams later, and we are swimming to work.
    '93 didn't have anything to do with the corps of Engineers or anything other than Mother Nature did it?. Saylorville overtopped the emergency spillway, there were no decisions made that could have stopped that fate. They have added a few feet of freeboard to the spillway since then at least. Of course the lake probably has filled up with alot more silt by now.



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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    '93 didn't have anything to do with the corps of Engineers or anything other than Mother Nature did it?. Saylorville overtopped the emergency spillway, there were no decisions made that could have stopped that fate. They have added a few feet of freeboard to the spillway since then at least. Of course the lake probably has filled up with alot more silt by now.
    Didn't they delay starting to empty the lake earlier in the year to maintain a "recreational pool" in Saylorville - not that it would have made a large difference when the big floods hit.


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    Re: 1993 flashbacks

    Did you really mean "1993 flashbacks" or "flash floods"? Actually the weather next week from Monday on is supposed to be cooler and much drier;no rain predicted for several days.



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