Nearly 8 inches of weekend rain causes flooding in Brown, McPherson counties

Scott Waltman
swaltman@aberdeennews.com

Heavy weekend rain left its mark in northern Brown and northeastern McPherson counties.

All of the water put some rural roads and fields underwater, and there’s now flooding in the Westport and Ordway areas on the Elm River.

According to reports to the National Weather Service, 7.8 inches of rain fell late July 24 and early July 25 morning 10 miles northwest of Frederick, and 7.75 inches fell 9 miles northwest of Frederick. Other totals recorded included:

  • 7.04 inches 9 miles east of Spring Creek Colony, which is west-southwest of border community of Forbes, N.D.
  • 6.86 inches 2 miles east-northeast of Spring Creek Colony.
  • 6.75 inches 6 miles east-northeast of Spring Creek Colony.
  • 6 inches 4 miles northwest of Frederick.
  • 6 inches at Spring Creek Colony.
  • 3.02 inches 8 miles east-northeast of Hecla.
  • 2.72 inches 9 miles west of Frederick.
  • 2.55 inches 7 miles west-northwest of Hecla.

There were also unconfirmed social media reports of even more rain in the Forbes, N.D., area.

Flooding in the northwestern part of Brown County had dissipated by Monday morning, but there was a lot of water in the Ordway area, said Scott Meints, Brown County Emergency Management director. And there was still flooding in the Westport area, though it was going down, he said.

Late Aug. 24, the weather service advised no travel through Saturday morning north of state Highway 10 in northeast McPherson County because of the heavy rain. A flood warning for northeast McPherson County and northwest Brown County expired Monday morning.

Rain was especially heavy in the Frederick, Elm Lake, Spring Lake Colony and Forbes, N.D., areas, according to the weather service.

A flood warning remained in place until Wednesday evening for the Elm River at Westport. At 9 a.m. Monday, the river was 19.9 feet, which constitutes major flooding, according to the weather service. Flood stage is 14 feet. At 20.5 feet, the water would reach the bottom of the bridge 2 miles south and 1 mile east of Westport and the bridge east of Westport would be overtopped.

The water crested at Westport at 20.45 inches early Sunday night, according to a Brown County Emergency Management post on Facebook.

The Elm should drop below flood stage by early Wednesday afternoon, according to the weather service.

Tristan Tschappat, 8, left, and his older brother Rhylan Tschappat, 10, of Westport look over the debris left on the Elm River bridge on County Road 10 north of Westport on Monday. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in the Frederick to Forbes, N.D., area Friday night, causing to river overflow and flood areas along the river. American News photos by John Davis
Water from the Elm River flows over the bridge and roadway on County Road 10B in Westport on Monday. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in the Frederick to Forbes, N.D., area Friday night, causing to river overflow and flood areas along its banks. American News photo by John Davis
Water from the Elm River fills the field near the Aberdeen water plant along County Road 14 on Monday. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in the Frederick to Forbes, N.D., area Friday night causing to river overflow and flood areas along its banks. American News photo by John Davis

The dates of the rainfall in this story have been corrected.