River crests predicted to surpass 1993 levels

Chelsea Davis

Crests could reach record-level highs in the Squaw Creek and the Skunk River on Wednesday.

  • By 10 a.m., the Skunk River at Riverside is predicted to reach a 18.5-foot crest. The crest in 1993 was 16.9 feet.
  • By noon, the Squaw Creek at Lincoln Way is predicted to reach a 18.5-foot crest. The crest in 1993 also was 18.5 feet.
  • By 1 p.m., the Skunk River is predicted to reach a 27-foot crest at the Highway 30 river gauge. The crest in 1993 was 25.5 feet.

Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads unless necessary.

The Red Cross has secured a shelter for use by those displaced by flooding.

The first Red Cross shelter located at First Christian Church, 611 Clark Ave., has reached capacity.

A new shelter has been opened at St. Cecilia’s Church, 2900 Hoover Ave.

Sand and sandbags are available at the northeast corner of S. Duff Avenue and S. Third Street and at S. Dayton Place and Southeast 16th Street.

Volunteers are needed to help with sandbagging efforts beginning at 11 a.m. to give others a break.

Those ages 17 and younger will need a signed parental release form. Volunteers should come to the west side of City Hall, 515 Clark Ave., and register with the RSVP organizers. Sun protection, gloves and shovels would be helpful items to bring. Additionally, pickup trucks will be needed to haul materials.

Information courtesy of the city of Ames.