Iowa: Wapsipinicon River Near DeWitt to Crest Twice Next Week


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DeWitt, IA – The Wapsipinicon River continues to rise due to recent rainfall, with major flooding near DeWitt expected to persist through next week.

According to the US National Weather Service Quad Cities, the river is forecast to crest at 13.3 feet on Thursday, experience a slight fall, then rise again to the same level by Monday. The flooding impacts include water affecting old US Highway 61 and several residents along the river.

The persistent rainfall over the past week has caused the river levels to steadily increase. The National Weather Service has categorized the current situation as major flooding, with the water levels significantly surpassing the major flood stage of 12.5 feet. The river’s continuous rise poses a threat to nearby communities, infrastructure, and agriculture.

Local authorities are urging residents in the affected areas to stay informed and take necessary precautions. Emergency services are on alert, and sandbagging operations are underway to mitigate the impact of the flooding. Residents living near the riverbanks should prepare for potential evacuations and secure their property.


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