Flash flood watch issued for county
Once again Washington County is under a flood warning along the English River.
According to the National Weather Service (NWS) web site the English River was measured at 19.3 feet early Tuesday morning. There is more rain in the forecast for this week, which is why the NWS doesn’t project the English River going below flood stage until Friday.
The rain led to a busy weekend for the Washington County Engineer department, said Washington County Engineer Jacob Thorius. Thorius had crews out over the weekend checking roads.
“I worked a little bit on Sunday and had a couple of guys out checking and repairing roads,” Thorius said.
Due to the flooding there are road closures, he said.
“Most of these road closings is because of water over the road,” Thorius said. “We’re not dealing with really big issues. It’s just back water that is over the road.”
The current road closings are Kiwi Avenue north of Highway 22; 130th west of Highway 1; Poplar Boulevard, Orange, and Nutmeg Avenue south of Kalona; 133rd and Nutmeg Avenue; and Sockum Ridge Park by Crooked Creek, Thorius said.
“Two roads are expected to reopen later today,” Thorius said. “Those are 320th Street by Tulip and Underwood Avenue and 315th Street by Spruce and Underwood Avenue.”
This spring roads have been closed several times due to flooding.
“It’s just a little frustrating,” Thorius said. “You can’t control Mother Nature.”
Thorius said things could be worse.
“We’re not in quite as bad shape as the counties north of us,” he said. “They have had more rain than we did.”
The NWS has also issued a flash flood watch for Washington County until late Tuesday evening. More rain is in the forecast for this week. Thorius said if we get more rain there most likely would be further road closures.