While the gardens at the farm are high above the level at which all but an apocalyptic flood of the Vermillion River would reach, there is certainly some flooding and near-flooding taking place in other low-lying areas in the vicinity.
I headed north of town yesterday afternoon to discover what the “Road Closed Ahead” sign on North University referred to. The actual closure is about nine miles north of the bypass in the broad valley before Hub City, though the road wasn’t actually covered with water at that point.
For non-locals, Hub City isn’t exactly what you’d expect from a “City.” It’s just the intersection of 306th and University Road, and at the northwest corner of the intersection there’s the Dalesburg Lutheran Church. That’s pretty much it except for Dalesburg Farm Supply a little up the road.
Also for non-locals–what looks like a lake off the the left of the picture is actually farmland.
The bridge seven miles north of Vermillion looks like it may get flooded out–but what’s more likely is that the river will simply spill out across the bottoms, leaving the bridge high and dry–an island in a vast lake.
The river was maybe four feet below the bottom of the bridge when I took these images yesterday. I’m tempted to venture out again today to see how much it has risen, but the best angles for images are on the side of the bridge I don’t really want to be on.
See the ridge those trees are on? The water on the left of those trees is not the river–it’s the bottoms–farmland. The ridge is the north bank of the river, and off to the right out of view is the actual channel. The ditch in the foreground is running almost too fast for the culvert to keep up, so that water is rising there, too.
I kind of want to take another jaunt up there and see what’s going on, but I’m also interested to know what’s going on below the City of Vermillion in Cotton Park. The river level was only a few feet below the lowest part of the bike path down there a couple days ago.