Lac qui Parle County Flood Update: Thursday, March 28

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Latest Readings

The Lac Qui Parle River at Dawson continues to decline. At 7am Thursday morning, the river was measured at 39.88 feet. The river crested at around 41 feet on Monday.

Click image below for an updated map of road closures. Please note: road closure subject to constant change.

 Emergency Operations Center Press Release

MADISON, MN – Rivers continued their decline across most of the county through Tuesday and Wednesday morning, save for the Lac qui Parle near the reservoir which broke the 2001 record of 20.1’ with a 20.66’ reading at 2:45pm but is now declining. Local temporary rises through today cannot be ruled out, but their severity will be limited due to much of the water having moved through the system. The Lac qui Parle Reservoir is continuing to increase and has overtopped the spillway (highway 33) near the Churchill Dam. The reservoir near Milan has increased and nearly over the roadway.

In speaking with Dawson-Boyd Police Chief Andy Stock this morning he said, “The impact of the flood of 2019 on Dawson was greatly reduced by many years of planning by the City of Dawson since the summer flood of 1992. Many changes have occurred during that time and even though the crest reached slightly less than 1992, only a few homes were impacted in the City of Dawson. Thank you to all of the Dawson city staff, Dawson Fire Department, BNSF Railway, LqP Emergency Manager Blain Johnson, community volunteers, and numerous others who helped during this event.”

Township roads and county highways continue to experience damage and flooding issues. Many in the southwestern part of the county are coming out, but are generally still closed and very soft. Currently the Lac qui Parle County has 231 miles of roads closed. State Highway 75 south of Madison continues to be closed due to water on the road.

Emergency Management will be starting the Initial Damage Assessment process for county, city, and township entities today for state submittal by next week. Lac qui Parle County will be writing a letter to Homeland Security and Emergency Management requesting a Preliminary Damage Assessment, which if approved, will be conducted sometime after the flooding ends.

The National Weather Service issued Flood Warning for Lac qui Parle has been allowed to expire this morning, but the Minnesota River Flood Warning remains in effect near Montevideo. The long-term forecast contains minimal amount of precipitation. While the worst seems to be behind us, officials are still on alert as the mainstream Minnesota continues its climb.

Interview with Blain Johnson, LQP County Emergency Management