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A home in Pipestone is surrounded by floodwaters Sept. 23, 2010. (Justine Wettschreck/Daily Globe)

UpdateFlood warnings for the area expire; water still high in many locations

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UpdateFlood warnings for the area expire; water still high in many locations
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

12:45 p.m. Sunday

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The flood warning that was in effect for Jackson, Nobles, Rock, Cottonwood, Murray and Pipestone counties as allowed to expire at 11 a.m.

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The flooding of roads across the area will continue to improve, the National Weather Service stated, with the worst of the flooding already past. However, many rivers across the region continue to flood and people living near these rivers should continue to be aware of the latest river flood statements and forecasts.

Saturday Flood Update

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Flood warnings issued by the National Weather Service are still in effect for the region.

  • Des Moines River near Windom
  • Des Moines River at Jackson
  • Rock River at Luverne
  • Redwood River at Russell
  • Rock River at Rock Rapids
  • Ocheyedan River near Spencer
  • Little Sioux River near Milford
  • Little Sioux River at Spencer

Des Moines River at Windom: At 10 a.m. Saturday, the stage was 21.6 feet. Flood stage is 19.0 feet. The river will continue rising to near 21.9 feet by 2 p.m. today. Additional rises may be possible later. At stages near 21.0 feet, Island Park in Windom begins to flood, along with some agricultural land near Windom.

Des Moines River at Jackson: At 10 a.m. Saturday, the stage was 16.8 feet, and flood stage is considered to be 12.0 feet. The river will continue to fall to a stage of 16.0 feet by 7 a.m. Sunday. At stages near 17.0 feet, the lower levees in Jackson are overtopped, flooding parks and ballfields.

Rock River at Luverne: At 10 a.m. Saturday the stage was 10.3 feet, and flood stage is considered to be 10.0 feet. The river is forecast to fall below flood stage today. At stages near 10.0 feet, significant agricultural flooding begins.

Redwood River at Russell: At 10 a.m. Saturday the stage was 19.5 feet, and flood stage is considered to be 14.0 feet. The river will continue to fall to a stage of 15.0 feet by 7 a.m. Sunday. At stages near 19.0 feet, water reaches the bottom of the bridge on County Road 60, two miles southwest of Russell.

Rock River at Rock Rapids: Flood stage is considered to be 13.0 feet. At 8 a.m. Saturday, the stage was 21.9 feet. At stages near 19.0 feet, the highest banks on the right side of the river will be overtopped.

Ocheyedan River near Spencer: At 10 a.m. Saturday the stage was 8.6 feet. Flood stage is 8.0 feet. The river is forecast to continue to fall to a stage of 8.5 feet by 7 a.m. Sunday. At stages near 8.0 feet, minor flooding of pasture land begins.

Little Sioux River near Milford: At 8 a.m. Saturday the stage was 12.7 feet. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. The river rose above flood stage Friday. At stages near 12.0 feet, minor flooding of low-lying agricultural land begins.

Little Sioux River at Spencer: At 8 a.m. Saturday the stage was estimated at 11.6 feet. Flood stage is 10.0 feet. The river is forecast the river will crest near 12.0 feet by Sunday. The river will fall below flood stage Wednesday.

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