Crest Day, April 21, 2011, Mississippi River

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Crest two days away, worse than 2008.

I am pretty sure I will not be able to drive to the cottage tomorrow.

Lake Gibson, the flood in the side yard above.

The houses just up river are a bit drier, built on fill.  We hope to get there too.

I walked around to the back (not easy) and took a picture looking past the well head and out towards the river.  I think it will come in the back door tomorrow for sure.  The breezeway is on a slab and the carpet was already wet.

The city of Leclaire’s riverfront park is under water.  I don’t think the riverboat Twilight is heading out on its trip to Dubuque soon.

Going to beat June 2008 crest!!

The Mississippi River is coming up real fast.  We called the utility company to turn off all power tonight.  I think the river will come over the road, Canal Shore Drive, tonight.  Parts of it are already underwater.  Our cottage is the white one, and there is water under the front part.  I took these pictures about 6:30 pm tonight.  Nasty weather today, in the 30’s for temperature and times of heavy rain.

Wish you were here!!

Ole Man River Keeps on Coming

We still have another foot and a half to crest late next week, not taking into account any rain up north this week.  It is not over the bank, but we have about three inches under the front half of the cottage already.  Yuck.

Why does it flood more just north of Leclaire?

I have a theory.  If one looks at the maps of the river in the 1930’s, which is before lock and dam 14 was constructed in 1940, you can see there are islands north of Leclaire on the Iowa side.  These were all flooded when the pool was raised.  But now they lie just below the surface of the river, and certainly take up displacement that would otherwise be taken by the river water; it has to go somewhere so it goes even higher and floods.

You can try this link to the Iowa State server which has historical aerial pictures, pretty neat.

http://ortho.gis.iastate.edu/client.cgi?action=north&zoom=10&x0=721160&y0=4608308&gwidth=6000&gheight=6000&pwidth=600&pheight=600&layer=ortho_1930&wmtver=1.0

River is higher today

The weather service is predicting a crest late next week, but will not say if it will be final crest since rain and snow up north could cause another crest.  The river was noticeably higher in front of our cottage and the water (or Lake Gibson as we call it) is starting to form in the side yard.

Crocuses are up!

From our front yard: