This one blows my mind; all you Jamestown natives who read the blog will get it.
On Tuesday, the city’s airport was closed due to flooding:
The airport is on the high ground. The airport remains closed to fixed-wing planes today.
This, just in time for the blizzard, as the flooding in the lowlands of the James Valley (which I wrote about yesterday) kicks off.
And it is kicking off in earnest; apparently the “worst case” forecasts show both the Jametown and Pipestem dams rising to within a foot of their emergency spillways, even as the Army Corps of Engineers increases outflows from the dams to compensate for the recent rain and massive melt-off. Over that level, and the dams’ll release directly into the rivers without any regulation, pushing the normally-sluggish (and already-swollen) James way over its normally-ample banks. The Corps of Engineers is working on building temporary dikes, and sandbagging is reportedly underway.
(Via It’s Good To Be In N.D. the only Jamestown-centered blog I can find)