May 25, 2008

Cambridge, flooding; then and now


Then:
On May 26, 1885, 9 people were killed from the towns of Cambridge, Richmond Canyon, and Arapahoe; victims are buried in Cambridge with a monument. On June 23, 1947, 13 were killed in Cambridge and Orleans. Total damage was estimated at $15 million, largely because 7.5 inches of rain fell in the Medicine Creek watershed. When this flow mixed with the already-swollen Republican flow, it caused it to rise to a record stage in Orleans: 23 feet, 14 feet over flood stage. Click HERE for the rest of the story.
Tonight:
Active Watches and Warnings




FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE
1010 PM CDT SAT MAY 24 2008



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PHILLIPS KS-SMITH KS-ROOKS KS-WEBSTER NE-FURNAS NE-
1010 PM CDT SAT MAY 24 2008


...THE FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1215 PM CDT SUNDAY FOR
FURNAS...WEBSTER...ROOKS...SMITH AND PHILLIPS COUNTIES...

RUNOFF FROM HEAVY RAINFALL OF 2 TO 7 INCHES THE PAST TWO DAYS
CONTINUES TO CAUSE STREAMS AND LOW LYING AREAS TO REMAIN SWOLLEN IN
PHILLIPS...SMITH...ROOKS...WEBSTER AND FURNAS COUNTIES. RUNOFF FROM
THE HEAVY RAINFALL WILL CONTINUE TO MAINTAIN THE HIGH WATER LEVELS.

THE REPUBLICAN RIVER AT CAMBRIDGE WAS AT 9.06 FEET AT 730 PM. THE
FLOOD STAGE IS 9.0 FEET. THE RIVER IS FORECAST TO CREST NEAR 9.5
FEET LATER TONIGHT AND WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE BY SUNDAY
AFTERNOON.

I hope to get some pictures tomorrow.  I've never seen anything like it before.  The river is out of her banks and the low lands are filling.  As we drove south into the country to look at the flooding I saw twin fawn whitetails, hopping actoss a plowed, muddy field...their tails flagging.  The"ponds" had swirling masses of either fish or bugs on the surface.  I would have liked to stop and sit and listen for awhile.  The crickets, bullfrogs and fading daylight were beautiful.  The fresh smell of wet grass made me think of a lovely summer day.  I tried not to think of swarms of mosquitoes, the stench of dead fish and the old plummy mud that will stain the landscape.  I tried not to think of the carcasses of sloe eyed deer speckling the roadsides, featuring tire tracks across their backs.

Republican River Flooding Out Of Its Banks
Flooding river fills lowlands
Another picture of the river flooding over the banks on May 26th 2008. Should have reached it's crest by noon today.
Flood waters of the Republican river
Another picture taken by my phone. Not the best quality but I think you get the idea.

Taken off the Republican River bridge south of Cambridge, NE

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