Turkey River Flooding

The Turkey River will reach major flood stage later this week. At Garber, the river will rise about 20 ft between now and Friday…cresting at 27.5 ft. At 26 ft the earthen levee at Elkport is threatened, just upstream of Garber.

Here are some impacts on when the river reaches certain heights.

31.5 The earthen levee at Elkport is overtopped.
26 The earthen levee at Elkport is threatened, just upstream of Garber.
19 County Road X3C at the south end of Garber becomes inundated.
17 Minor flooding begins in the communities of Garber, Osterdock and Millville.


Here is a look at the Turkey River at Elkader. The river is expected to rise quickly Wednesday getting above flood stage of 12 ft.

The Turkey River at Elkader can get into the top 5 highest crests on record later this week. The forecast crest is 23 ft Friday putting it in the #4 spot.

Historic Crests
(1) 27.77 ft on 06/10/2008
(2) 27.32 ft on 06/15/1991
(3) 25.57 ft on 05/23/2004
(4) 22.57 ft on 08/26/2016
(5) 20.65 ft on 09/23/2016

Click here for updated information on the Turkey River.

The outlined area on the map below is watched closely for river flooding along the Turkey River. All of the water and snowmelt going downstream along comes from this outlined area.

Mark Schnackenberg

Mark Schnackenberg

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