Floyd River Floods, Again

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(Le Mars) — While people were enjoying the Ice Cream Days activities, the Floyd River quietly rose above its crest in Le Mars last evening, causing some flooding in the low lying areas.  The Floyd River exceeded its banks at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening.  Le Mars Fire Chief Dave Schipper has been monitoring the movement of the Floyd River for the last couple of days.

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Schipper says the Floyd River rose fairly quickly during the early evening hours.

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The Le Mars Fire Chief anticipates the Floyd River will continue to rise.

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Unlike with last year’s flood during the Memorial Day weekend, this year, it is only the Floyd River that is overflowing.  Schipper says the Willow Creek is doing fine.

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Schipper says any flash flood has the potential to be dangerous, but he believes we are in a better position this year compared to last year’s flooding.  He says the river is flowing faster and doesn’t have as much debris as compared to last year.  Schipper says the flooding will affect those communities downriver from Le Mars… Merrill, Hinton and eventually Sioux City.

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