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KLEM News for Friday, June 21

FLOOD WATCH…NOW A FLOOD WARNING (update)

Flash Flood Warning

National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD

925 PM CDT Fri Jun 21 2024

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…

  Clay County in northwestern Iowa…

  Southeastern Dickinson County in northwestern Iowa…

  O`Brien County in northwestern Iowa…

  Sioux County in northwestern Iowa…

* Until 130 AM CDT.

* At 925 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 0.5 and 2 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 1 to 3 inches in 1 hour. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban       areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…

Spencer In Clay County, Sioux Center, Orange City, Sheldon, Spirit Lake, Hawarden, Milford, Hartley, Sanborn, Alton, Arnolds Park, Paullina, Primghar, Okoboji, Hospers, Sutherland, Ireton, Everly, Royal and Terril.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

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Flash Flood Statement

National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD

908 PM CDT Fri Jun 21 2024

FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1130 PM CDT THIS

EVENING FOR WESTERN LYON, WESTERN SIOUX, SOUTHWESTERN ROCK, EASTERN

BON HOMME, NORTHWESTERN CLAY, SOUTHEASTERN HUTCHINSON, LINCOLN,

SOUTHEASTERN MCCOOK, SOUTHERN MINNEHAHA, TURNER AND YANKTON

COUNTIES

At 908 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 0.5 and 2 inches of rain have fallen so far this evening. The expected rainfall rate is 1 to 3 inches in 1 hour through about midnight. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas,

highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor

drainage and low-lying areas.

Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…

Sioux Falls, Yankton, Canton, Tyndall, Parker, Lewis And Clark   State Recreation Area, Brandon, Harrisburg, Tea, Hartford, Lennox, Springfield, Freeman, Crooks, Garretson, Wall Lake, Centerville, Worthing and Larchwood.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

Please report observed flooding to local emergency services or law enforcement and request they pass this information to the National Weather Service when you can do so safely.

 

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

Flash Flood Warning

National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD

845 PM CDT Fri Jun 21 2024

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…

  Lyon County in northwestern Iowa…

  Northwestern Osceola County in northwestern Iowa

* Until 1245 AM CDT.

* At 845 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 2 and 4 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 2 to 4 inches in 1 hour. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD…Life threatening flash flooding. Thunderstorms            producing flash flooding.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Life threatening flash flooding of creeks and streams,    urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses.

* Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…

Sibley, Rock Rapids, George, Larchwood, Inwood, Doon, Little Rock, Lester, Alvord and Bigelow.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.  Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

Stay away or be swept away. River banks and culverts can become unstable and unsafe.

BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED

Flash Flood Warning

National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD

819 PM CDT Fri Jun 21 2024

The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for…

  Northwestern Dickinson County in northwestern Iowa…

  Lyon County in northwestern Iowa…

  Northwestern O`Brien County in northwestern Iowa…

  Osceola County in northwestern Iowa…

  Northern Sioux County in northwestern Iowa…

* Until 1215 AM CDT.

* At 819 PM CDT, Doppler radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area. Between 1 and 2 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 2 to 4 inches in 1 hour. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible in the warned area. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly.

HAZARD…Flash flooding caused by thunderstorms.

SOURCE…Radar.

IMPACT…Flash flooding of small creeks and streams, urban      areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage and low-lying areas.

Some locations that will experience flash flooding include…

Sheldon, Spirit Lake, Sibley, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, Hull, Lake Park, George, Larchwood, Inwood, Okoboji, Boyden, Orleans, Doon, Ocheyedan, Little Rock, Ashton, Wahpeton, Lester and Melvin.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize the dangers of flooding.

Be aware of your surroundings and do not drive on flooded roads.

Flood Statement
National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD
404 PM CDT Fri Jun 21 2024

...The Flood Warning is extended for the following rivers in South
Dakota...Iowa...Minnesota...

  East Fork Vermillion River near Parker affecting Turner County.

  Vermillion River near Vermillion affecting Clay County.

  Skunk Creek at Sioux Falls affecting Minnehaha County.

  Rock River at Rock Valley affecting Lyon and Sioux Counties.

  West Fork Des Moines River at Jackson affecting Jackson County.

...The Flood Warning continues for the following rivers in South
Dakota...Iowa...Minnesota...

  West Fork Vermillion River Near Parker affecting Turner County.

  Vermillion River near Chancellor affecting Turner County.

  East Fork Vermillion River below Montrose affecting McCook County.

  Turkey Ridge Creek near Centerville affecting Turner County.

  Vermillion River near Wakonda affecting Clay County.

  Vermillion River near Davis affecting Lincoln and Turner Counties.

  Willow Creek near Crooks affecting Minnehaha County.

  Little Rock River near George affecting Lyon County.

  Mud Creek near Lester affecting Lyon County.

  Rock River at Rock Rapids affecting Lyon County.

  Ocheyedan River near Everly affecting O`Brien and Clay Counties.

  Waterman Creek near Sutherland affecting O`Brien County.

  Little Sioux River at Cherokee affecting Cherokee County.

  Little Sioux River near Montgomery affecting Dickinson County.

  Little Sioux River At Linn Grove affecting O`Brien, Buena Vista,
  Cherokee and Clay Counties.

  Ocheyedan River near Spencer affecting Clay County.

  Little Sioux River at Spencer affecting Clay County.

  Little Sioux River near Milford affecting Dickinson County.

  Little Sioux River above Spencer / Highway 18 affecting Clay
  County.

  Little Sioux River near Correctionville affecting Ida, Cherokee
  and Woodbury Counties.

  West Fork Des Moines River near Windom affecting Jackson and
  Cottonwood Counties.

  West Fork Des Moines River near Avoca affecting Cottonwood and
  Murray Counties.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Motorists should not attempt to drive around barricades or drive
cars through flooded areas.

Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood
deaths occur in vehicles.

Additional information is available at www.weather.gov.

The next statement will be issued by Saturday morning.

Flood Warning 
National Weather Service Sioux Falls SD 
1241 PM CDT Fri Jun 21 2024 
...The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls SD has 
issued a Flood Warning for the following rivers in 
South Dakota...Iowa... Minnesota... 
James River above Yankton affecting Yankton County. 
Vermillion River near Vermillion affecting Clay County.  
West Branch Floyd River Near Struble affecting Plymouth and
Sioux Counties. 
Floyd River At Le Mars affecting Plymouth County. 
Floyd River at Merrill affecting Plymouth County. 
Little Sioux River near Correctionville affecting 
Woodbury, Ida and Cherokee Counties. 
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... 
Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. 
Most flood deaths occur in vehicles. Additional information
is available at www.weather.gov. 
The next statement will be issued by Saturday afternoon. 

1241 PM CDT Fri Jun 21 2024 
...FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT TO MONDAY 
MORNING... 
* WHAT...Moderate flooding is forecast. This approaches 
the flood of record.
* WHERE...West Branch Floyd River near Struble. 
* WHEN...From late tonight to Monday morning. 
* IMPACTS...At 15.0 feet, Some private roads and driveways 
begin to flood. 
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS... - At 11:00 AM CDT 
Friday the stage was 10.3 feet. 
- Forecast...The river is expected to rise above flood stage
 just after midnight tonight to a crest of 15.5 feet early 
tomorrow afternoon. This forecast will be impacted by how 
much rain ultimately falls later today and tonight. 
- Flood stage is 14.0 feet.

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH (update)

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 445

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

330 PM CDT FRI JUN 21 2024

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 445 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT

IOWA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:

CHEROKEE             CLAY                DICKINSON

LYON                 O`BRIEN             OSCEOLA

PLYMOUTH             SIOUX               WOODBURY

SOUTH DAKOTA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:

BON HOMME            CLAY                LINCOLN

TURNER               UNION               YANKTON


There’s a flood watch in effect through tomorrow morning for Plymouth, Cherokee and Buena Vista counties in northwest Iowa.
Heavy rains last night produced accumulations between 2 and 7 inches in parts of northwest Iowa, southwest Minnesota, and southeast South Dakota. Another 1 to 4inches of rain are possible today and overnight.
Morning observations on the Rock and Big Sioux Rivers show Major flooding at Rock Rapids, and minor flooding at Rock Valley and Hawarden. Forecasts predict Major flooding from Rock Rapids to Akron. The Big Sioux at Akron is predicted to crest at 22 feet on Monday. That’s six inches above flood stage.
Along the Floyd River, Minor flooding was occurring today at Sheldon. The forecast says moderate flooding is expected at Sheldon, and minor flooding at Alton.
A Facebook post this morning from Akron Fire Department indicates they are going to fill sandbags today in anticipation of flooding along the Big Sioux River.
KLEM received 1.20 inches of rain overnight.
1 ESE of Lemars 1.08
Alton           1.80
Orange City 1.68
3 N of Sioux Center 2.22
Other amounts…
1 WNW Canton SD 7.75
Worthing SD 7.40
Rock Rapids 5.92
Larchwood 4.39
Sibley 3.50
Sheldon 3.20
Rock Valley 4.20


LIFE SKILLS TRAINING CENTER DIRECTOR

Life Skills Training Center in Le Mars has a new Executive Director, and an expansion project that’s just underway.  Jessica La Fleur the new executive director

 

She describes Life Skills Training Center’s main functions.

 

Life Skills recently purchased a former plumbing supply building to expand their day-habilitation services.

 

Already started fundraising for the DayHab center.  A rummage sale is on at the Like Skills’ new building on 2nd Ave NE

 

Life Skills has a staff of 25, and serves 65 clients

 

BIRD FLU FOUND IN SAC COUNTY TURKEY OPERATION

Another case of the bird flu was announced Thursday in northwest Iowa. The U-S-D-A detected the disease at a commercial turkey flock with more than 46-thousand birds in Sac County. All of the birds will have to be destroyed. This is the third poultry flock in Iowa to be hit with the virus this year.

 

REMSEN AREA MAN ARRESTED

A rural Remsen man was arrested Wednesday on two substance related offenses.  Wednesday afternoon, the Plymouth County Sheriffs Office was advised of a minor motor vehicle accident on C38 at Fawn Ave.  An investigation included a determination that the driver of one vehicle ran a stop sign causing a minor accident.  The driver, 27 year old Austin Pratt, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, third offense, a felony, and OWI.  Le Mars Police aided in the investigation.

 

SUTHERLAND COUPLE PAROLED AFTER HELPING SON FLEE TO JORDAN

A northwest Iowa couple found guilty of helping their son flee the country rather than stand trial for attempted murder have been paroled after serving a fraction of their prison sentences. Scott Van Aartsen reports.

 

 

UNEMPLOYMENT HOLDS STEADY IN MAY

Iowa Workforce Development director, Beth Townsend, says the state unemployment rate remained the same in May. She says the labor force participation rate ticked down a tenth of a percentage point, which she says is negligible.” Townsend says Education and Health Care gained 14-hundred jobs in May. She says the most concerning things from an employment perspective are the recent announcements of layoffs by John Deere and Bridgestone Firestone, and the Tyson plant closing in Jefferson. Townsend says those issues will start to show up in the June and July unemployment numbers.

 

GRASSLEY CALLS EPA PRODUCTION STANDARDS ON BIOFUELS AN INSULT

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is calling on the E-P-A and the Biden Administration to raise Renewable Fuel Standard volumes so they keep up with the amount of biofuels our factories can churn out. Grassley says the agency didn’t boost the Renewable Volume Obligation — or R-V-O — levels far enough last year. He says it’s an “insult” for those levels to be so low and the result is a stifled industry and a discouragement of outside investment, which is costing green jobs in Iowa. Grassley, a Republican, is joining with Minnesota Democrat Amy Klobuchar in calling for a boost in R-V-O volumes in order to keep pace with biofuels production and availability. Sixteen other senators signed on.The letter to the E-P-A highlights environmental benefits from an increase in biofuels production, including how biomass-based diesel can cut carbon emissions by more than 70 percent.