April 4, 2011 at 7:57 am in INFORUM
MOORHEAD Overland flooding and the rising Buffalo River caused rural Clay County residents to ramp up their flood-fighting efforts Monday.
Tags: Clay County, Flood 8 Comments »
I fail to understand how minnesota will only get 10% benefit from a studied best planned diversion.
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A diversion would do nothing for the overland and Buffalo flooding they are talking about in this article.
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I realize itâ€™s not an exact science, but does anyone ever look at the NWS flood forecasts (after the fact) and see if they were even close to accurate? Wednesday (3/30) morning at 8am the river was at 18.19 and at that moment the NWS forecasted that it would remain under 20 feet until Wednesday, 4/6 (a full week later). Yet it was at 20 feet and rising only 2 days later (Friday, 4/1). And the latest forecast for Wednesday, 4/6 is now 32 feet. Is it any wonder why Mayor Walaker does not have much faith in the NWS predictions?
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They have real difficulties figuring out when the ditches and streams will open and start flowing. I have been capturing their predictions every day (they typically only update them once a day) and plotting them. I have this data from 2010 and this year. The water really needs to be rising at 2 ft per day before their predicitons get close to right.
I don’t think that is all that surprising. You have a 2-3′ deep snow/ice plug in a ditch. Once the water starts to run over that, it will erode that snow/ice plug quite quickly. This is a very unstable system. I don’t think you should judge them on the start time of the flood. Hopefully they WILL be accurate on the peak. That is the important part anyway.
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That makes sense – we’ll see how they do from here on out.
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Pete,remember that 10% figure a few years down the road when the dry cycle kicks in and your buffalo river aquifer can’t furnish your needs.PS,keep your Otter tail river water in minnesota along with your Bois de Sioux water.
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Ok and starve the cities of Fargo and Grand Forks of water. Great idea. Not.
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First off, the diversion has nothing to do with our water supply.
Second, Fargo has water supply issues as well.
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