Day 60

I guess it flooded here in 1978

May 25th, 2010


  1. Adam says:

    Some brief information about this flood courtesy of the internets:

    “June and July were very wet months for Minnesota and Wisconsin. Storms caused flash flooding on many different occasions throughout the 2 months in both States. Flooding on July 1-3 was particularly severe in the Kickapoo River Basin of southwestern Wisconsin. The flood caused discharges that are the maximums of record at 11 gaging stations with recurrence intervals of 100 years or greater. On July 5 and 6, Rochester, Minnesota, received intense rains. The National Weather Service rain gage at the airport recorded 4.99 in. of rain over a 3-hour period. The total rainfall far exceeded the amount of a 100-year recurrence interval for that time period. The floods caused by the storm were the largest of record since 1888 on Bear and Silver Creeks and the largest of record on the South Fork Zumbro River since 1855. At the headwaters of the Cedar River, a record-setting flash flood occurred on July 16 and 17, which was the second flash flood in 11 days.”

    The flash floods caused the $55 million in damages and killed 13 people.

  2. Mary says:

    Born and raised in Wisconsin and I didn’t know that…..but I Do know it’s…’Holy Crapolee’… where I come from. Maybe there’s a border-cut-off somewhere pass the Kettle Moraine

  3. Katy says:

    Lots of signs like that in Cedar Rapids, Iowa now. 2008 was a 500-year “recurrence interval” flood. Fifteen years after our 100 year flood. I don’t know how many billion the dollar amount is up to now for damages, but I know flood stage for the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids is 12 feet, and it crested at 31.12 feet.

    Good Luck and God Bless Matt!

  4. Barry says:

    During the ’78 floods in Rochester, MN my neighbor took an inner-tube and floated down the Zumbro River for several miles. One of the craziest things I’ve ever seen someone do.

  5. dave says:

    The 1978 flood killed 3 people. It did not kill 13.

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