Flooding causes some road, trail closures
Recent rainfall has led to more flooding in Hastings. As of 6 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, the Mississippi River was reported to have risen to 17.85 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
Flood stage is 15 feet, and the area is considered to be experiencing major flooding at 18 feet. Predictions estimated the river would continue to rise through Thursday or Friday this week, with a crest at about 19 feet.
Water measurements are taken at the tailwater of Lock and Dam No. 2. River forecasts take into account past precipitation as well as precipitation expected about 24 hours into the future from the time the forecast is issued.
The National Weather Service forecasted a continued increase in local water levels, potentially reaching 19 feet by Thursday, June 26.
A limited number of homes in East Hastings could be affected by the rising water, but so far, no homeowners have requested sandbags, according to city staff. Sandbags would be provided upon request.
So far, the City of Hastings has closed East First Street under the railroad bridge, East Fourth Street past the Vermillion River bridge and East 10th Street near East 18th Street. There is minimal emergency access to the homes located past the closure there. City trails along the Vermillion River under County Road 46 and along Lock and Dam Road have also been closed.
Motorists are reminded not to drive into flooded street areas. Even though the water may not look deep, floodwater can easily knock over a person or carry away a vehicle. According to the National Weather Service website, "A mere six inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes only two feet of rushing water to carry away most vehicles. This includes pickups and SUVs."
Flooded areas also disguise the true depth of the water as well as the condition of the road or ground underneath, making flooded areas even more dangerous.
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