River Update! I received an email from the NWS today. Scott Lincoln informed me that they are keeping an eye on the storm saturday night for our region. The fox and rock river basins are thought to be spared from the heaviest of the rain event. Although any change in the storm track to the north would be bad for both rivers. High soil moisture and reduced evaporation means that rivers will not be getting back to normal low levels until at least the end of November with little to no rain fall. They are hoping the soil can dry out before the ground freeze sets in. Is it just me or does it seam like we are all of a sudden living in Seattle with all the non stop rain. The only saving grace is Com-Ed and Sheriff Caruana will be running the river levels as proactive as possible to help get us through this soggy fall season. Please don’t shoot the messenger, Im just trying to keep every one current with the latest information.
The DNR has closed the river to all boat traffic. Please do not operate your boats at this time. The sheriff has fully opened three gates and the dam is at 87% drain capacity.
The dam was closed late last night due to extremely low water just north of the dam. Boats that were downtown were starting to hit the bottom of the river. An additional 2-3 inches of ran fell overnight and at this point, the dam isnt going to help much. The sheriff, Gary Caruana, has been extremely helpful in managing the dam over the last few days. Thank you for your help. Please secure your docks and boats due to projected river heights.
Water is flowing at 7.5 million gallons a minute.