“Even when we get up into those major (flood) events like 13.5 (feet) or 13.8 (feet), there are residents in the Lost Nation area that are surrounded by water for weeks at a time,” Kness said. “A lot of those people, because it happens so often, they’re not really affected by it. It doesn’t seem to bother them too much.”
As the temperature increases and the snow continues to melt, flooding on the Wapsi River is bound to happen. Kness said Tuesday’s event came in at about the 114th most severe flood event historically, “unconcerning” to him and others involved in flood recovery.
Those heavy flood stages are expected to happen soon though, and Holst hopes that it will be a slow and steady increase as the snow melts and the spring rains arrive.
“There’s a lot of variables that we have to prepare for,” Holst said. “We’re feeling good about the Wapsi as of now but that doesn’t mean that it can’t change in a matter of days. It would be nice if the ice would get broken up so we could get the water flowing through evenly and give it time to spread out.”