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June 25, 2013

River levels will continue to rise throughout the week

Flooding again expected at Rock Creek Park

CLINTON — As boating season started to look like a possibility, the Mississippi River and Mother Nature have people, once again, standing on the shorelines.

While Mississippi River stages measured at 13.83 feet Monday, they are expected to rise through the rest of the week. Lock and Dam Lockmaster John Mueller said the river is anticipated to be at 15.2 feet by Wednesday.

“That’s with what (rain) is already in the system not what we are accounting to have this week,” Mueller said.

Once rain totals for the week take affect, river levels are estimated to be at 17.7 feet, nearly two feet higher than flood stage.

According to Rock Creek Marina and Campground park officer Brad Taylor, the rising levels will once again put a big damper on a popular weekend.  

“We were looking to be in pretty good shape for Fourth of July weekend, but now were probably going to have to close the lower half of the campground,” Taylor said.

River flooding is not the only concern for Clinton residents.  

As storm systems work their way into the area, flash flooding will be likely through the week.

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Flash floods can cause significant structural damage and become a hazard for people traveling in vehicles. According to a 2012 National Weather Service study, 39 percent of flood fatalities occurred while victims were driving.

National Weather Service meterorologist Mike McClure said with a few more days left of this pattern of storms, including Monday’s wind and rain, chances of flash flooding will continue to be high.

“Knowing the location is one of the best preventative measures a person can take,” McClure said.

“If the area is prone to flash flooding, be aware.  It only takes six to 12 inches of water, with a little current, to sweep a vehicle off the road.”

As more rain is expected to fall and flooding becomes a major concern, McClure and the National Weather Service encourage people to always stay alert and have a source of weather information nearby.

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