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As many as 100 Davison Co. homes to be affected by rising water

Preparations continued on Wednesday for flooding in Davison County, as rising water is expected this weekend. Davison County Emergency Management Director Jeff Bathke said action is being taken in Mitchell, Ethan, Mount Vernon and across the coun...

Flooding south of Mitchell (Luke Hagen / Republic)
Flooding south of Mitchell (Luke Hagen / Republic)

Preparations continued on Wednesday for flooding in Davison County, as rising water is expected this weekend.

Davison County Emergency Management Director Jeff Bathke said action is being taken in Mitchell, Ethan, Mount Vernon and across the county to deal with flooding issues.

"We anticipate 100 homes will be affected due to rising water this weekend," Bathke said. "Bridge and road closures expected on State Highway 38, Shanard Road, 250th Street, 247th Street and 245th Street, all on the James River. The railroad going east out of Mitchell would probably be flooded as well."

Bathke said water is moving in those bridge locations, but large chunks of ice coming downstream will cause ice jams.

"Firesteel, Kibbee Ditch, Enemy Creek, North and South Fork Creek, and the James River are expected to have flooding issues," he said.

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The James River water gauge near Mitchell was at 21.5 feet on Wednesday, and expected to climb to a 22.3 feet by Monday and remain in the 22-23 feet range well into next week.

The city of Mitchell has provided several pallets of filled sandbags to residents in need at the city's shop located at 1405 W. Eighth Ave. Massive amounts of water are entering Lake Mitchell from Firesteel Creek. As of mid-morning Wednesday, the Firesteel Creek near Mount Vernon had reached 13.56 feet. It is expected to crest Thursday at 14.5 feet, and then decrease through the weekend and into next week.

"The lake is still covered in ice, which may cause shore damage when it starts to move," Bathke said of Lake Mitchell.

In Mount Vernon, sandbags are available at the post office located at 115 S. Main St. Bathke said the community's standing is in good shape.

Ethan has opened up its culverts to move water, and Ethan's public works employees are working to discharge already full lagoons.

A self-serve sandbag station for Davison County residents is available at the county's highway shop at the end of Fifth Avenue in Mitchell (located under the water tower near the Highway 37 bypass). A total of 12,000 sandbags have been given out since flooding started last week. Due to mud on the access road, the sandbag station should be accessed from Fifth Avenue only, rather than Eighth Avenue.

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