Flood Warning Issued For James River

From P&D Staff Reports

The lower James River valley in the Yankton area has seen falling water levels in recent weeks after a soggy and flooded spring, but that is expected to change again in coming days.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood warning for the river near the Scotland gauge (Maxwell Colony) beginning Wednesday and running until further notice. Recent heavy rainfall in the Mitchell and Huron areas is expected to send the lower end of the basin into moderate flooding.

On its website, the NWS said levels are expected to rise above flood stage at Scotland Wednesday and climb to near 14.2 feet by Sunday, July 14.

“Additional rises are possible thereafter,” the NWS said.

At the 14-foot level, approximately 4,400 acres of farmland are expected to be flooded between Mitchell and Yankton.

The flood stage at the Scotland gauge is 13 feet.

At 9 a.m. Sunday morning, the gauge was at 11.46 feet.

The valley below Scotland endured major flooding for several weeks this spring following the wet spring. The Scotland gauge finally dropped below flood stage in late June.

The local forecast calls for a good chance of scattered storms on Tuesday, but only small chances of rain for the rest of the week. Temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid-80s at the start of the week and possibly reaching 90 by Friday.

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