Flood warning issued for Webster County

-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter Ice breaks up into chunks as the Des Moines River thaws, as seen here from along the river walk just upstream of the Karl King bridge.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for the Des Moines River in Webster County on Sunday. The flood warning remains in effect until further notice, from the former Hydroelectric Dam in Fort Dodge to the city of Lehigh.

  At 7 p.m. Sunday, the stage was 13.1 feet, or 2.6 feet above flood stage, which is 10.5 feet. At 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Fort Dodge police reported an ice jam between Hawkeye Avenue and Second Avenue, the Weather Service said.

  Minor flooding is forecast to continue. Water is expected to rise to 13.9 feet, or 3.4 feet above flood stage, early Wednesday morning, then begin falling.

  At 14 feet, water affects some access roads along the river in Fort Dodge as well as in Lehigh, the National Weather Service said.

-Messenger photo illustration by Joe Sutter
An ice jam forms along the Des Moines River south of the Hawkeye Avenue Bridge, in this image made from multiple photos taken near Phinney Park.

  

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