Flood Watch in effect Wednesday-Friday as many roadways could be impacted

Here's a breakdown of what to expect based on where you live.

Posted: Mar 12, 2019 8:37 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2019 11:52 AM

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Flood Watch

Areas Affected: Audubon; Boone; Butler; Calhoun; Carroll; Cass; Cerro Gordo; Crawford; Emmet; Franklin; Greene; Guthrie; Hamilton; Hancock; Humboldt; Kossuth; Palo Alto; Pocahontas; Sac; Webster; Winnebago; Worth; Wright

NWS DesMoines (Central Iowa)
...River flooding and Significant Ponding Water Likely This Week Due to Snowmelt and Expected Rainfall... .The combination of warmer temperatures and forecast total rainfall amounts of one to near two inches is going to lead to a rapid snow melt across much of central Iowa. Significant ponding of water in low lying, poor drainage is likely, potentially impacting roads and travel. Periods of rainfall are likely today into Thursday, with the highest totals occurring today into this evening. The runoff from the snowmelt and rain will lead to significant rises on area streams. Ice jam flooding may occur, creating rapid rises upstream of the jams. Minor to moderate river flooding is possible by Thursday and into the weekend. ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING... The Flood Watch continues for

* Portions of central Iowa, north central Iowa, northeast Iowa, northwest Iowa, south central Iowa, southeast Iowa, southwest Iowa, and west central Iowa, including the following areas, in central Iowa, Boone, Dallas, Grundy, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Marshall, Polk, Poweshiek, Story, Tama, and Webster. In north central Iowa, Butler, Cerro Gordo, Franklin, Hancock, Humboldt, Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, and Wright. In northeast Iowa, Black Hawk and Bremer. In northwest Iowa, Emmet, Palo Alto, and Pocahontas. In south central Iowa, Appanoose, Clarke, Decatur, Lucas, Madison, Mahaska, Marion, Monroe, Ringgold, Union, Warren, and Wayne. In southeast Iowa, Davis and Wapello. In southwest Iowa, Adair, Adams, Cass, and Taylor. In west central Iowa, Audubon, Calhoun, Carroll, Crawford, Greene, Guthrie, and Sac.

* Through Thursday evening

* Rapid snowmelt and rainfall is expected to lead to significant ponding of water in low lying, poor drainage areas. The added water and the potential for ice jams may lead to significant rises on rivers and streams.

* Favored ice jam locations include the Des Moines River around Fort Dodge, the Raccoon River around Van Meter through Des Moines to the confluence of the Des Moines River, the Iowa River around Marshalltown and Tama, and the upper reaches of Cedar River north of Waterloo. Minor to moderate river flooding may occur.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. If you live in ice jam flood prone areas, be aware of potential significant rises on area streams through Thursday. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Flood Watch
Areas Affected: Allamakee; Chickasaw; Clayton; Fayette; Floyd; Howard; Mitchell; Winneshiek

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Increasing Flood Risk From Rain, Snow Melt... .Periods of rain will continue through Thursday with additional rainfall amounts of around half an inch possible. Runoff from rainfall and snow melt will result in rises on many rivers and streams over the next few days, along with an increased risk for ice jams. Flooding is anticipated on many waterways through late week, and potentially through portions of next week as well. In addition, urban and street flooding could occur from clogged storm sewers with additional hazards from debris on roads. Currently, major flooding is expected on the Turkey and Volga Rivers with moderate flooding on the Upper Iowa. In addition, minor flooding is likely along portions of the Kickapoo and Root Rivers, with other waterways also likely to experience flooding. At this time, the risk for flooding along the Mississippi River is low through the weekend, but will likely increase into next week. Those with interests along rivers and streams should remain alert for rising water levels and the threat for flooding. Now is the time to have a plan in place should flooding develop. ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING... The Flood Watch continues for

* All of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota, and much of western, central, and southwestern Wisconsin.

* Through Friday morning

* Runoff from periodic rain along with snow melt will result in rises on many rivers and streams, along with an increased threat for ice jams. Flooding is anticipated on many of the waterways. In addition, urban and street flooding could occur from clogged storm sewers with additional hazards from debris on roads.

* Those residing near waterways should closely monitor conditions this week, and be prepared to take action if flooding develops.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Please monitor conditions and forecasts, and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Flood Watch
Areas Affected: Dodge; Fillmore; Houston; Mower; Olmsted; Wabasha; Winona

NWS LaCrosse (Southwestern Wisconsin, Southeastern Minnesota, and Northeast Iowa)
...Increasing Flood Risk From Rain, Snow Melt... .Periods of rain will continue through Thursday with additional rainfall amounts of around half an inch possible. Runoff from rainfall and snow melt will result in rises on many rivers and streams over the next few days, along with an increased risk for ice jams. Flooding is anticipated on many waterways through late week, and potentially through portions of next week as well. In addition, urban and street flooding could occur from clogged storm sewers with additional hazards from debris on roads. Currently, major flooding is expected on the Turkey and Volga Rivers with moderate flooding on the Upper Iowa. In addition, minor flooding is likely along portions of the Kickapoo and Root Rivers, with other waterways also likely to experience flooding. At this time, the risk for flooding along the Mississippi River is low through the weekend, but will likely increase into next week. Those with interests along rivers and streams should remain alert for rising water levels and the threat for flooding. Now is the time to have a plan in place should flooding develop. ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING... The Flood Watch continues for

* All of northeast Iowa and southeast Minnesota, and much of western, central, and southwestern Wisconsin.

* Through Friday morning

* Runoff from periodic rain along with snow melt will result in rises on many rivers and streams, along with an increased threat for ice jams. Flooding is anticipated on many of the waterways. In addition, urban and street flooding could occur from clogged storm sewers with additional hazards from debris on roads.

* Those residing near waterways should closely monitor conditions this week, and be prepared to take action if flooding develops.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Please monitor conditions and forecasts, and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Flood Watch
Areas Affected: Faribault; Freeborn; Martin; Steele; Waseca

NWS Minneapolis (Southern Minnesota)
...RAIN AND SNOW MELT COULD LEAD TO STREET FLOODING AND PONDING OF WATER IN LOW LYING AREAS THROUGH THURSDAY... .Temperatures will remain mild through Thursday morning, with around an inch, up to an inch and a half of rain expected later today, and into tonight, especially in west central and central Minnesota. The heaviest rain will fall this afternoon and evening. This could lead to street flooding and standing water across low lying areas. Significant rises on the main stem rivers are not expected this week. Many of the the drainage systems are full of ice and snow, so any melting or runoff from the rain could lead to ponding of water in low lying areas. Temperatures will fall below freezing Friday, so any standing water will become ice. ...FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY EVENING... The Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of south central Minnesota, including the following areas, Faribault, Freeborn, Martin, Steele, and Waseca.

* Through Thursday evening

* Snow melt and rainfall may result in flooding in poor drainage areas.

A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. Clear the snow and ice away from your storm drains before Wednesday. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 26273

Reported Deaths: 1126
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hennepin8867641
Ramsey3252140
Stearns205014
Nobles15625
Anoka148878
Dakota141464
Washington68034
Olmsted67211
Kandiyohi5111
Rice4833
Scott4602
Clay44129
Mower4062
Wright3392
Todd3361
Sherburne2482
Carver2322
Benton1823
Steele1670
Blue Earth1480
Freeborn1420
Martin1325
St. Louis11814
Pine930
Nicollet8811
Lyon811
Winona8015
Cottonwood790
Watonwan780
Crow Wing774
Unassigned7511
Carlton750
Otter Tail730
Goodhue715
Chisago641
Polk612
Itasca5610
Dodge530
Chippewa521
Morrison480
Le Sueur461
Meeker460
Douglas450
Becker430
Jackson420
Murray400
McLeod390
Isanti360
Waseca270
Pennington230
Rock230
Mille Lacs231
Faribault200
Swift190
Beltrami180
Wabasha180
Fillmore171
Sibley160
Brown162
Norman150
Pipestone120
Marshall120
Kanabec121
Wilkin113
Cass112
Aitkin110
Wadena100
Pope100
Koochiching90
Big Stone80
Redwood70
Renville70
Mahnomen61
Lincoln60
Yellow Medicine60
Grant40
Traverse40
Red Lake40
Lac qui Parle30
Clearwater30
Roseau30
Hubbard30
Houston20
Kittson10
Lake10
Stevens10

Iowa Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 20767

Reported Deaths: 583
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Polk4541137
Woodbury283737
Black Hawk177548
Buena Vista9971
Linn97179
Dallas94025
Marshall91218
Wapello62814
Johnson6189
Muscatine56541
Crawford5472
Tama41029
Scott38010
Dubuque35521
Louisa34911
Pottawattamie31110
Sioux2980
Jasper26917
Wright2120
Washington1958
Warren1661
Plymouth1462
Story1261
Allamakee1204
Mahaska9912
Poweshiek928
Henry722
Bremer706
Boone700
Des Moines671
Clarke660
Clinton651
Taylor640
Webster621
Hamilton610
Guthrie543
Cedar491
Benton431
Monroe415
Shelby370
Cherokee370
Jones370
Jefferson350
Marion350
Osceola340
Clayton343
Cerro Gordo331
Iowa330
Dickinson330
Buchanan330
Madison292
Lee290
Fayette280
Sac280
Davis280
Harrison260
Monona250
Clay250
Lyon240
Winneshiek240
Emmet240
Lucas222
Hardin210
Grundy200
Mills200
Delaware191
Humboldt191
Floyd191
Franklin170
Appanoose173
Hancock160
Butler161
Ida150
Greene150
Pocahontas150
Page140
Kossuth140
Keokuk140
Audubon131
Jackson130
Carroll130
Chickasaw130
Howard120
Cass120
Winnebago110
Montgomery91
Adair90
Union90
Van Buren90
Adams70
Palo Alto70
Calhoun60
Ringgold40
Mitchell40
Fremont40
Worth30
Wayne10
Decatur10
Unassigned00
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