Release predictions look good for Jamestown

It’s only an early prediction, but today’s release estimate from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made me let out and even-larger sigh of relief as I am now one of those Jamestown residents who lives in a house by the river.

Those early predictions say to expect between 1,200 and 1,800 cubic feet per second of water to be sent through Jamestown this spring. That’s not an insignificant number, but it’s far easier to handle than the 3,000+ cfs we saw in 2009.

Let’s just hope the weather stays dry and warms up gradually.

For more information, read our story in Saturday’s Sun. Also, be sure to check out and bookmark the Stutsman Emergency Management blog. They’ll be keeping it updated with all sorts of information as flood season approaches and it will be worth your while to pay attention to it. It’s also one of the featured blogs on The Sun’s website.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the full Sun story on what water levels to expect, according to early estimates.

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5 Responses to Release predictions look good for Jamestown

  1. Like you said, Logan, it’s only an early prediction. But I sure hope forecasts improve! *fingers crossed*

    “It is very important to remember that these are very early preliminary forecasts and that all projections are subject to change. Typically, the best and most accurate information on releases is around the middle of March.”

    • How bad was last year’s high water for you? Did you have any basement problems?

      • I’ll tell you what…For those of us who live on the hill, the river doesn’t bother us!

      • No, nothing substantial for basement damage. Luckily when we remodeled our basement two summers ago we applied a water-proof sealant around the joints from our floor to wall areas as well as where most of the piping works its way into our foundation. We also coated the concrete cinderblocks along our walls and floors with another sealant product that helped with any moisture seeping in. It was mainly to address a radon issue that we’d known about before and took care of with ventilation but it ended up helping a lot with the high water table. The anxiety over the sewer system collapsing was enough to worry about, though.