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Montevideo American-News - Montevideo, MN
  • Forecast shows increased potential for flooding

  • The flood forecast for Montevideo residents and businesses located in Smith Addition and along Gravel Road and Forest Avenue keeps getting gloomier and gloomier with each passing week.


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  • The flood forecast for Montevideo residents and businesses located in Smith Addition and along Gravel Road and Forest Avenue keeps getting gloomier and gloomier with each passing week.
    The forecast was again revised on Thursday, March 3, by the National Weather Service (NWS), and the potential for flooding here continues to increase. There is now a 90 percent chance of the Minnesota River reaching about 20 feet, a 50 percent chance of the river making it to just under 22 feet, and a 10 percent chance of water levels reaching 23.5 feet.
    Flood elevations on the Minnesota River in 1997 were about 24 feet, in 2001 the water reached approximately 22 feet, and in 2010 floodwaters reached 20 feet.
    The time of highest concern seems to be moving closer to the end of March or the first week of April, but the period of possible flooding could last for four to six weeks, according to the NWS.
    In a flood forecast newsletter issued March 4, city officials encouraged those in flood prone areas to consider flood insurance, and those that may be threatened by flood waters to consider making contingency plans as needed for their particular home or business.
    The city is currently making plans to add additional height to the old 1969 levee system, and anticipates building a temporary levee on Highway 212, from approximately Country Kitchen to Flinn’s Salvage. Work on the levee and on Highway 212 is expected to take place by the end of March, depending upon weather conditions. Some volunteer help may be needed by the end of March.
    The city will issue further bulletins if and when volunteer help is needed.
    City manager Steve Jones told the American-News Tuesday that he anticipated work on building up the 1969 levee would begin about March 21 and then move to Highway 212.
    According to the National Weather Service, the flood probability along the Minnesota and Cottonwood rivers at Monte­video and New Ulm, respectively, is close to 100 percent. Many other areas around the state, including St. Paul, are likely to experience floods. Some flood crests may set all-time records.
    University of Minnesota Extension announced Monday its coordinated system of educational resources is available for those with flood-related questions, both in preparation for a flood emergency and while recovery efforts are underway.
    Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood preparation by visiting Extension’s website: www.extension.umn.edu/ flood/
    Information about recovering from floods will be added as it becomes relevant.
     
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