(KILR)--The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for Small Streams in Emmet, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties until 2:15 p.m. Thursday and a flood warning for the rest of northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota until 1 a.m. Thursday.
The combination of rainfall and snowmelt is resulting in rises in creeks and streams and ponding of water in poor drainage areas. Emergency management has reported basement flooding in Kossuth County...with several secondary roads impacted by water. In addition, moderate rainfall will impact much of Rainfall this afternoon and evening will lead to additional flooding impacts along creeks and streams, low lying areas, and poorly drained urban areas. Ice jams are also possible.
In Estherville, sandbagging operations underway at the Good Samaritan Society and there have also been reports of flooded basements.
(Des Moines)--Heavy rainfall, fast snow melt, ice jams and flooding starting in northwest Iowa have caused several wastewater discharges from city treatment plants.
While fast stream currents and cold water are the biggest risk for recreation, high waters can also carry dangerous debris and bacteria.
Ted Petersen, supervisor of DNR’s Des Moines field office, says rapid snow melt and rainfall overwhelmed city treatment plants causing several communities to report wastewater discharges.
Peterson added some cities have reported wastewater and storm water backups into basements.
Weather conditions have also left some livestock facilities facing nearly full storage structures.
City and industrial wastewater treatment plant managers should report bypasses, and livestock facilities that expect to discharge should contact their local DNR field office.