Ice jams causing sudden rise in Buffalo RiverSabin, MN (WDAY TV) - Ice jams on the Buffalo River in Sabin are making river levels rise dramatically.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
Sabin, MN (WDAY TV) - Ice jams on the Buffalo River in Sabin are making river levels rise dramatically.
The river here shot up three feet and that rapid rise caused many county roads to wash out and close.
According to hydrographs, the river went from ten feet to almost fourteen feet before leveling off Wednesday. Flood stage starts at 13 feet.
Most homes here are safe at this point, but several roads are closed because of the water. For people thinking they might just try to splash through with their vehicle, Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist says don't even try it.
Bill Bergquist, Clay County Sheriff: "There's always one or two, three people that feel they want to drive through the water. We've had to actually go up and rescue them out of there or tow their vehicles out of there. If you do see a sign that says 'Road Closed,' that's exactly what it means. The road is closed."
If you see water on a road that hasn't yet been closed, let the county know about it right away.
After spiking yesterday, the river leveled off around 13 and a half feet.