SCOTLAND-The flooding along the James River has set a new record, reaching 77 consecutive days of water at major flood stage.
The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls said Thursday the streak is longer than the 75 straight days of major flood stage conditions in 2011, another year in which there was significant flooding throughout South Dakota. Prior to 2011, the previous record was 50 days in 1997.
The river at Scotland was measured at 18.53 feet as of 4:30 p.m. Thursday. Major flood stage is designated at 16 feet. The river is forecasted to decrease in flood level over the next week but remain at major flood stage level.
Earlier this year, the river crested at 18.79 feet on April 18, and farmland in the area begins to flood at 13 feet.
In a tweet, the National Weather Service said the record for minor flood stage levels is 180 consecutive days, which occurred in 2011.