Emergency Operations Center, 330 W. Second St., Ottumwa, IA

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General Information on current flooding

1.  Flood waters did not reach the Valley Village Mobile Home Community. Residents should be able to make it back to their homes.  They are encouraged to keep an eye on river levels and forecasts.  Find current National Weather Service river forecasts and Red Rock release forecasts at: www.wapelloready.org/river 2.  Report flood impacted homes.  Find…
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May 29th river projections

We received several questions from residents yesterday about the river forecast being off. This is very important to us as we use data to drive decisions and to give guidance to residents. In conversing with the US Geological Survey and National Weather Service yesterday, a lot was learned by us from this week’s severe storms…
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River level falling

Looks like the river has crested. Reading at 9:30 pm was 15′ 11″. Thank You to everyone who heeded the warnings and stayed safe. This was a tricky few days to forecast with the frequent and heavy rain storms. Red Rock will increase their release from 30,000 cfs to 50,000 cfs on Friday. There were…
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River to peak at 18′ tonight

River projections have been updated this afternoon by National Weather Service. Current projection is to peak overnight tonight to just under 18’.  This will flood the Valley Village Mobile Home Community Overnight. Gas utility has been turned off today by Mid-American as a precaution.  Electric may be disconnected if water levels reach the grade-level transformers.…
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Shelter opening for those displaced by flooding

Des Moines River level projection update since last round of storms is 18.9′ for Wapello County midday Wednesday. Another round of storms is on the way. Rabbit Run Road is currently closed. The alternate route on 120th Ave. is open. Valley Village Mobile Home Community residents are advised to seek alternate housing for the next…
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Road flooding continues

Cemetery Rd. south of Cliffland bridge and 120th Ave. (Sandy Lane) south of levee continues to be under water.

River to reach 14.6 ft Monday

We received .91 inches of rain Saturday evening. River is expected to rise to 14.6 feet on Monday. Current height midday Sunday is 13.13 feet. Roads that will be impacted include 120th Ave. (Sandy Lane), Cemetary Raod, 28th St. and Rabbit Run