3/21/2019 9:00:00 AM UPDATED: West Fork Des Moines River spikes again
The West Fork of the Des Moines River, which is monitored at the County Road 15 bridge at the Windom Country Club, is now at 21.86 feet, a rise of nearly two feet in the past 24 hours.
As of 9 a.m. Thursday, the river level had risen to 21.86 feet just over two hours after it was at 20.72 feet. That rise could be attributed to an ice jam at the bridge, where the river level is measured.
Minor flood stage is 19 feet and moderate flood stage is 21 feet. Windom's high water mark in 2018 was 23.4 feet. The record river level on the West Fork of the Des Moines River is 24.7 feet, recorded 50 years ago next month.
The river level has been on a steady rise since March 13. While it took a brief dip on March 15, the river has been rising ever since. There was a level off and slight dip yesterday, but the level has shot up again.
Rain is expected on Sunday, however, that is the only precipitation forecasted until March 29.
While Windom is not a location where the National Weather Service predicts crests, a senior hydrologist from the NWS is predicting a crest of 23 feet. However, that crest will be updated today and is expected to be lower. Watch Citizen Online for updates on the crest and river level.
Perkins Creek through Windom also is flooding, but is improving. Backyards of homes along 16th Street are flooded.