By the end of today, releases from Gavins Point Dam are scheduled to reach about 52,000 cubic feet per second.
On Saturday, its releases, which were previously cut down to 24,000, were at 42,000 and have been gradually increasing. And by the end of the month, releases at Gavins Point and Fort Randall Dam will be up to 58,000 cubic feet per second.
Because of heavy rainfall and snowmelt runoff, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided to increase the river’s releases, according to Eileen Williamson, spokeswoman for the Corps Missouri River Basin Water Management Division.
While it’s normal for the Corps to step up releases around this time, this year’s will be higher than usual, Williamson said.
“The releases will be a little bit higher, going up to potentially 60,000 cubic feet per second because all of that rainfall and snowmelt runoff that we’d been holding up north is going to gradually make its way through the downstream reservoirs, including Milwaukee, Big Bend, Fort Randall and then, ultimately, Gavins Point,” she said.
She also pointed out that flooding during mid-June and the beginning of July is due to rain, not releases from the dam.
Knox County Sheriff Don Henery said he saw the water level coming up when he was in the area last week.
“The last time I was up there, which was last week, it looked like the water level of the river was gradually coming up,” he said.
However, Henery said he doesn’t think it will produce the same devastating effects that it had in June of 2011.
“At this point, I don’t think it will be anywhere close to that, but Mother Nature plays a very crucial part in this, that neither I nor the Corps, can control,” he said. “In other words, if we have a bunch of massive downpours, that can affect everything.”
Williamson also said the releases are nowhere near what they were in 2011 and that they will not remain high for as long as they did seven years ago. In June of 2011, the maximum at Gavins Point was 160,700 cubic feet per second.
“Our releases right now aren’t even forecasted to be half of what was released in 2011,” she said. “So in 2011, your releases were more than double what you’re seeing right now and more than double what is in our maximum release forecast.”
According to Williamson, releases will be higher until they can get all of the captured flood water back out of the system. By March 1, it must all be released in order to be prepared for snowmelt this winter.
While the Corps is monitoring the rivers, she said rain could have an impact and cause potential flooding.
“If there’s another rain event, the two together don’t always work so great together, which is why we waited to increase the releases,” Williamson said. “But, we’re monitoring the rivers and we have some capacity to cut releases should another downstream rain event occur.”
However, she said that it wouldn’t take an immediate effect, as it requires some travel time.
According to Dane Nielsen of Nielsen Insurance, a lot more people along Gavins Point have flood insurance now than they did seven years ago. Nielsen said it’s essential that homeowners acquire insurance at least 30 days before flood waters hit their property, as there were previous cases in which FEMA wouldn’t pay for some damages.
“Back then, they said the flood started the date that they opened the gates at the Garrison Dam in North Dakota,” he said. “And, we had some people who actually had flood insurance right when the water was coming up and they took flood insurance out and FEMA cut back and said, ‘Well, we’re not going to pay for it because that’s the date that the actual flood started.’”
Eventually, Nielsen said FEMA paid claims a year and a half later for people who were able to prove they didn’t have flood water in their house prior to the policy being enforced. However, not everyone was paid depending on the start date of their policies. Some people even faced total losses.
Nielsen said he isn’t sure if FEMA will maintain the same policy and if getting flood insurance right now will be soon enough to cover potential damages.
“I can’t really say that if you took flood insurance out right now that you’d have coverage for it,” he said. “It just kind of depends on how FEMA handles that.”
Possible losses will be a lot less extreme than in 2011, due to requirements made for people to rebuild houses and structures at set heights, according to Nielsen.
“With them opening the water up, it’s going to have to be a lot higher before it will actually reach most of the people’s houses and structures,” he said. “Because, people went in and did raise those up 4, 5, 8 feet, and everybody’s different because it’s all different elevations along that river.”
In addition to securing flood insurance before levels rise too much, Williamson said the best thing for people to do is to watch for higher water levels that can cause street flooding and to find the nearest upstream river gate.
“Knowing where they are and knowing where the nearest upstream river is and simply monitoring that river’s state is probably the best thing to do, especially if there’s rainfall in the forecast,” she said.
Additionally, Henery said it’s important for people to use common sense, and those who are affected should monitor the situation and act accordingly.
“Most certainly, everybody’s been through this before, so I think it’s just a day-by-day monitoring and watching and seeing,” he said.
Every day, Williamson said the Corps has people checking inflows and ensuring the dams are safe and functioning properly.
Henery said law enforcement isn’t taking any precautionary actions at this point, other than keeping an eye on the situation.
“It’s kind of a wait-and-see game,” he said. “We don’t know what Mother Nature’s going to throw at us; we don’t know what complications could be down the road. We’ll handle each day as it comes.”
A new race in Northeast Nebraska along the picturesque Lewis & Clark Lake in Crofton, Nebraska! Competitors 14 years of age and older will kayak 1 mile on the lake, run a 5K through the Weigand campground and bike 12 miles into downtown Crofton for a Bar-B-Q and celebration. Teams or individual participants are welcome.
The cost for individuals is $35 for 14-19 year olds and $50 for 20 and over. For teams, the cost is $60 for 14-19 and $75 for 20 and over. Individual racer completing all three legs of the race or three team members each completing one portion of the race. The entry fee includes race entry, T-shirt, and post-race Bar-B-Q. Competitors need a Nebraska State Park permit or purchase a one-day pass.
REGISTER AT www.ALLSPORTCENTRAL.com BY JULY 19, 2018. (Search for Crofton’s Dam Race) After this date, entries will be allowed with a $10 additional fee. Walk-ups are welcome the day of the event with a $15 additional fee but will not be guaranteed a T-shirt.
Early registration at Pulley Museum Friday, July 27 starting at 6:30 pm. Check-in at the Weigand Swim Beach 7:00-7:40 am. All competitors much check-in at this time. Individual Race begins at 8:00 am with kayaking. The team race will begin once all individuals have finished the kayak leg of the individual race.
Stay in Crofton at the Lewis and Clark Lodge or the Historic Argo Hotel. Camping is also available at the Weigand Campgrounds. Make arrangements early as limited rooms are available.
Extra T-shirts ($15) and meals ($8) can be ordered for spectators and supporters.
FOR INFORMATION, contact the race directors Johnnie Ostermeyer (402-508-0224, email@example.com) and Mick Reifenrath (402-640-2192). This event is being hosted by The City of Crofton in conjunction with the Weigand Marina and Nebraska Game & Parks.
A total of 383 students were named Roadman Scholars and Dimmitt Scholars at Morningside College in recognition of high academic distinction for the 2017-18 academic year.
Roadman Scholars must be full-time students who have completed at least 45 credits of college work with a cumulative grade point average of 3.76 or above. The award is named in honor of the late Earl Roadman, who was president of Morningside College from 1936 to 1956.
Dimmitt Scholars must be full-time students who have completed at least 45 credits of college work with a cumulative grade point average between 3.50 and 3.75. The award is named in honor of the late Lillian Dimmitt, who served as a teacher and administrator at Morningside College for more than 60 years.
Morningside College, located in Sioux City, Iowa, is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college with a total enrollment of approximately 2,800 students. More information about Morningside College is at www.morningside.edu.
Alexandria E. Allen, senior, nursing, Roadman Scholar
Colton L. Foxhoven, senior, public accounting, Roadman Scholar
Kendy L. Kube, senior, elementary education, Roadman Scholar
Katelyn R. Stewart, junior, music performance, music education, Roadman Scholar
Morningside College Provost Dr. William C. Deeds recently announced the students who were named to the Dean's List for the spring semester of the 2017-18 academic year.
Congrautlations to the following students from Crofton:
Colton L. Foxhoven, senior, public accounting
Kendy L. Kube, senior, elementary education
Katelyn R. Stewart, junior, music performance, music education
Morningside College students received achievement awards recently during the annual Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Honors Convocation at Morningside College.
Three students from Crofton were recognized on their accomplishments. Alexandria Allen received a Professional Development and Academic Achievement in Nursing Award. Kendy Kube received the Maxine Nelson Award from the education department. Katelyn Stewart received the Dorothy Paulson McLarnon Music Scholarship for a junior or senior vocal music student showing exceptional potential.
ODK is a national leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.
Morningside College is a private college in Sioux City, Iowa, with a total enrollment of 2,800 students. Morningside offers over 65 majors and pre-professional programs. It also offers online graduate programs in education and nursing and an online bachelor's degree completion program for nontraditional students. More information is available at morningside.edu.
Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, presented bachelor's degrees to undergraduate students during its 120th spring commencement held on May 12.
Morningside is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college with a total enrollment of 2,800 students. Morningside College offers five bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Morningside also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree.
Alexandria E. Allen, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, summa cum laude
Alexander P. Janssen, Bachelor of Arts in business administration
On May 4, Crofton students who participate in the No Limits Chapter decided to go out in the community and clean up cigarette butts throughout the business district.
The students placed yellow flags with a message where ever they found a cigarette butt and proceeded to collect the cigarette butts and discard of them properly.
The message proudly states that the students participating in No Limits oppose Big Tobacco and believe it to be manipulative in its marketing practices, which some people believe to target teenagers.
Students think it is likely who ever is leaving the butts in those particular spots will return to smoke there again. Hopefully they notice the brightly colored sign, read it and realize that they are doing harm to their bodies.
This project not only cleans up the area but hopefully can convince others to be their healthiest selves. It also promotes teens to stay away from tobacco products such as cigarettes.
The following students from the Crofton Community School have demonstrated their abilities in academic achievement. Students on the honor roll have completed the third term with a 93% or higher and a 90-93% to qualify for the Merit Roll.
High School Honor Roll T3 2017-2018
Seniors: Arens, Haley; Arens, Lauren; Barr, Shayla; Boecker, Max; Bramschreiber, Kyle; Eskins, Kara; Foxhoven, Mackenzie; Joslin, Lance; Kube, Madisen; Lancaster, Noah; Lange, Colby; Mueller, Kalli Jo; Poppe, Ethan; Promes, Maria; Schmidt, Marissa; Stewart, Hope
Junior: Arens, Tanner; Dahl, Connor T; Dohrman, Stephanie; Janssen, Tyler; Kaiser, Valerie; Leader, Logan; Maibaum, Abbey; Poppe, Robert; Potts, Aubree; Steffen, Anna; Steffen, Danielle; Steffen, Kathryn; Stewart, Thomas; Suing, Levi; Tramp, Sydney; Van Heek, Hannah; Wubben, Joshua
Sophomore: Arens, Alexis; Arens, Taylor; Hendrix, Jamis; Honeywell, Thomas; Jansen, Taylor; Johnson, Jaidyn L; Koch, Karmen; Koch, Kaylee; Lange, Madilyn; Mellem, Makenzie; Ostermeyer, Ryah; Potts, Gabriel M; Potts, Justin; Potts, Tyler; Schieffer, Taylor; Tramp, Elyssa
Freshmen: Altwine, Cassie; Arens, Connor; Dahl, Allie R; Einrem, Kaley; Potts, Gavin W; Schieffer, Kelsey; Schieffer, Quinn; Schroeder, Kelsey; Steffen, Abigail; Steffen, Hope; Suing, Anastacia; Tindle, Erica; Tramp, Brittany
High School Merit Roll T3 2017-2018
Senior: Kleinschmit, Christian; Mowery, Trevin Mykal; Steffen, Hannah Marie; Suing, Raven;
Junior: Altwine, Allison; Dather, Mariah; Lammers, Myles; Lange, Jessica; Neuhalfen, Bailey R; Proctor, Avery; Sanger, Josie; Schieffer, Calvin; Stevens, Mikenna; Tindle, Taylor
Sophomore: Burbach, Paul; Zavadil, Jason
Freshmen: Boldenow, Alexis; Buschkamp, Lauren; Dather, Calvin; Dohrman, Matthew; Sprakel, Lacey; Weber, Zachary T; Zuhlke, Colby
A Crofton student received the prestigious state degree on Friday, concluding the 90th annual Nebraska State FFA Convention at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
Mariah Dather received the state degree.
Last night became a dream come true for eighteen Crofton High School students. They made the big stage and sang with Foreigner.
The Crofton Choir took the stage in front of 1,735 guests in attendance at the Sioux City Orpheum.
Foreigner & the Dave Eggar Orchestra put on a 90-minute show without intermission. They played 'Cold As ice', 'Say you Will', 'Double Vision', 'Urgent', 'Hot Blooded', 'Juke Box Hero' and others. The night closed with Crofton Choir singing 'I ant To Know What Love is' on stage.
Kate Kleinschmit, the Crofton vocal director is beyond proud of her choir kids. According to Kleinschmit the Crofton Choir is going to be part of the song "I wanna know what love is" at the concert. She also says Foreigner does this sort of performance in most of their concerts.
“Although it will only be a few minutes of "fame" for them, it is an experience that these students will take with them for a lifetime. I'm so excited for them!”
Most of the credit goes to Kleinschmit and her students for winning this competition, but they also know they could not have done it without their small community. Kleinschmit goes on to say, “This "win" for us really doesn't have all that much to do with our music video or singing... it has everything to do with our community.”
Crofton came into this competition as an underdog, not only because of their size but because they also entered the competition late. The whole community quickly learned about this competition and began voting online. Within days, community members and organizations had promoted the video and voted.
Crofton is a community of roughly 800 people. By March 23rd, Crofton had knocked out Sioux City with almost 500 more votes. Sioux City has a population near 80,000. Kleinschmit noted that, “It really speaks well for our small town and the support it has for not just athletics, but everything that our youth is involved in. How fortunate are we to have a whole community behind us?”
Storm Suing recalls “When I got to work the day we found out we won, I walked in and everyone was waiting. They were all clapping and cheering and congratulating me. I was happy and embarrassed all at the same time.”
The choir is very excited to be a part of the Foreigner concert. Some of the students have grown up listening to their music thanks to their parents. However, the choir were already familiar with this genre of music due to the State Champion One Act teams performance featuring many 80’s classic rock songs, including their entry song “I wanna know what love is.”
This will be Thomas Honeywell’s first time attending a concert, and he won’t just be in attendance, he will be performing. “I’m just really excited that I get to sing on stage. I’ve never been to a concert before and this is far from how I imagined it’d be.”
Needless to say, there are a lot of emotions upon finding out they had won. Allie Dahl agreed, “I was really excited when I found out and I was in between speech rounds, so people probably thought I was crazy for being so excited.”
When asked if they were also excited, Julie Jones mentioned how excited she was to be on stage and stated that there were nerves that came along with it. Gavin Potts declared “I’m just excited to sing with Foreigner!”
In preparation for the concert this Friday, the choir have been perfecting the chorus to their song. They are also studying other choir performances on YouTube to mentally prepare for the big night.
Hunter Neuhalfen envisions the concert as a once in a lifetime experience stating “The thing I’m most looking forward to is looking at all of the people in the crowd while getting a view of such an iconic band.”
If anything is certain, this choir is ready to rock.