Near-record breaking flooding has meteorologists at the National Weather Service working overtime. The river is now expected to crest a little higher than 22 feet on Wednesday, but more rain could change that.
“It probably has been the most non-stop event I’ve worked in my career,” said NWS hydrologist Jessica Brooks.
Forecasting this crest is tricky because we keep getting rain, raising the base level of the river before the crest even gets here. Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s rain will be the key factor that determines how high the crest will be, Brooks said.
But even after the river crests, the water will still be high for several weeks. Brooks is predicting it will stay in major flood stage through May.
“We really need several weeks of dry weather to really come out of this and let the river fall and right now we are not seeing that in our long term forecast,” she said.