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March 19, 2019

3/19/2019 10:00:00 AM
UPDATED: West Fork Des Moines River rising, but leveling off?

The West Fork of the Des Moines River, which is monitored at the County Road 15 bridge at the Windom Country Club, is still rising, but there is a hint that it may be starting to level off.

The river was at 17.94 feet on Monday afternoon, with flood stage being at 19 feet. Since then, the river has continued to rise and as of 9 a.m. Tuesday, the river had risen to 18.67 feet.

However, the river level appears to be starting to level off. Judging from the graph, the river level's climb seems to be slowing, which may indicate the Windom area could see a crest soon, provided the area continues to remain dry and clear of any substantial rain.

To recap, the river was at 18.17 at 9 a.m., Monday, but dipped slightly since then before continuing its rise.

Certainly, warmer temperatures and plenty of sunshine are contributing to the river's rise. Melting ice on the river and melting snow banks along the river's edge also are causing the river to swell.

The river briefly climbed to 16.81 feet on March 14, then quickly dipped to 14.84 feet at about 1 p.m. on March 15. However, since that point, the river has steadily climbed 4 feet.

Since March 13, the river has climbed almost seven feet.

Windom is not a location where the National Weather Service predicts crests. However, the area is receiving some positive news with forecasts indicating no precipitation until, at the earliest, Sunday. And, at this point, the forecast calls for a 20 percent or less chance of rain until March 29.

Perkins Creek through Windom is also on the rise and now spilling over its banks causing some lowland flooding between 16th and 17th streets in Windom.

Watch Citizen Online for further updates.


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