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Event Flood
-- Flood Cause Heavy Rain / Snow Melt
State MINNESOTA
County/Area JACKSON
WFO FSD
Begin Date 03/16/2011 06:00:00 CST-6
Begin Range 7
Begin Azimuth WNW
Begin Location HERON LAKE
Begin Lat/Lon 43.85/-95.45
End Date 03/31/2011 23:59:00 CST-6
End Range 6
End Azimuth NE
End Location NAMSOA
End Lat/Lon 43.85/-94.85
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Melting of a very heavy winter snow cover caused flooding of small streams and lakes in southwest Minnesota. The flooding included farmland and other lowlands, with some roads flooded and damaged. High water and groundwater levels resulting from record precipitation in the previous year contributed to the rapid onset of the flooding. The flooding began with warm weather which arrived at the middle of the month, and continued generally through the end of the month, although flooding abated on some rivers and streams before the end of the month.
Event Narrative Melting of a heavy winter snow cover caused flooding of the Des Moines River, as well as flooding of lowlands, lakes, and streams. The Des Moines River crested at 3.59 feet above flood stage at Jackson on March 26th. There was considerable flooding of farmland. Numerous roads in the county were flooded. Some of the roads were closed, and some were washed out in spots. The flooding onset was rapid for a snow melt flood due to high water and groundwater levels from record precipitation in the year 2010.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HERON LAKE JACKSON CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEOTA NOBLES CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
JASPER ROCK CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HENDRICKS LINCOLN CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CURRANT LAKE MURRAY CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CAZENOVIA PIPESTONE CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TAUNTON LYON CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WESTBROOK COTTONWOOD CO. MN 03/16/2011 06:00 CST-6 Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K