National Weather Service Issues Flood Warning For All Of NW Iowa

Wed 3-13-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- The National Weather Service has issued an aerial flood warning for all of northwest Iowa, including Dickinson county, along with Jackson, Nobles and Rock counties in southwest Minnesota. The warning is in effect until 1:00 am Thursday.

Forecasters say 1 to 2 inches of rain has already fallen across the area and that additional rain is expected this (Wed.) afternoon and evening. 

Some flooding of low lying areas and some intersections has already been occurring and is expected to worsen as the rain continues.

Forecasters say the flooding is being enhanced by a combination of factors including the ongoing rain, rapid melt of the heavy snow pack, the frozen ground, and intakes clogged with snow and ice.

Water was overflowing a portion of Lakeshore Drive in Okoboji as of earlier this (Wed.) afternoon.

Authorities say you should not attempt to drive through any standing water and that you should instead turn around.

Those living along rivers and streams, which could also be prone to ice jams, are being advised to keep a very close eye on things and be prepared to take the necessary precautions.

Numerous cities are reporting streets and intersections that have water flowing over/through them.

In Estherville, KUOO news has learned sandbagging operations are underway in the area of the Good Samaritan Home.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says it's had reports of some municipal waste water treatment systems in northwest Iowa getting overwhelmed and that some discharges have been reported.

The flooding and poor conditions of many gravel roads is also causing issues for some school districts in the region. At Sibley-Ocheyedan, buses will run, effective immediately and continuing until further notice, only where possible.