Weather Watch

The river produced the big story of the month as it rose to record breaking height on April 28 of 13.65 feet, breaking the old mark of 12.14 feet reached Dec. 31, 1948. The river reached flood stage of 10 feet at 1:15 a.m. April 27 and remained at flood stage until 8:15 a.m. April 30. The river had appeared to crest at 11:30 a.m. April 27 at a height of 12 feet and then began to recede until 3: 30 a.m. April 28 when it began to rise again. It continued to rise all day April 28 until it reached an unprecedented level of 13.65 feet at 10:30 p.m. in the evening. This produced a rate of flow of 36,200 cubic feet per second or almost 290,000 gallons per second. Here in Riparius the old Methodist campground was flooded for the first time in memory with water entering seven of the camps and washing out a large part of the town road that passes through the grounds. Only a few more inches and all of the camps would have sustained considerable damage. The campground road was closed from April 28 until May 3 when town highway crews could make the road passable to traffic. This flood will not soon be forgotten by those of us who watched nervously as it inched upward to set the new record height.

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