Close to record set in 1965
3:25 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Lamoine River Rises 17ft. in 24 Hours

*UPDATE*  Since this story was published, the National Weather Service now says Lamoine River has broken the 1965 record of 27 feet, and is set to crest sometime Friday at 29 feet.

The over five inches of recent rains caused the Lamoine River to rise 17 feet in a period of 24 hours. 

The National Weather Service have projected the river to crest at 26.6 feet early Friday morning. That would put it 6 and a half feet over flood stage and just inches shy of the record level set in 1965.

There was a front nearby and it really focused all of that rainfall across the mid Mississippi valley here.

The View from Wigwam Hallow Road which was flooded by the Lamoine River
The View from Wigwam Hallow Road which was flooded by the Lamoine River
Credit Scott Stuntz

David Cousins with the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities says more rain could come early next week.

Though, he says, the next weather system is different than the one that hit the area in recent days.

"There was a front nearby and it really focused all of that rainfall across the mid Mississippi valley here. This next system is a lot more quickly moving than this past one, so that'll help keep the rainfall totals a little bit lower," Cousins said.

The river is forecasted to fall below flood stage sometime between Monday and Tuesday.

Cousins says the rain could cause the river to rise again but that’s it’s unlikely it would rise to the levels seen today.