With mild temperatures across the region earlier this week, many rivers began rising throughout the region as rapid melting of the snowpack occurred. In Hokah Minnesota, an ice jam over a mile long developed along the lower Root River due to the warmer temperatures. On Wednesday, water had risen out of the banks of the Root River and flooded agriculture land from near Mound Prairie eastward through Hokah. Water levels have now begun to go down, but those with interests along the Root River in this area will need to monitor water levels for the next several days.
Here are a couple pictures looking upstream from the Highway 16 bridge in Hokah and also the ice jam at the bridge itself. Images taken Thursday, February 12th, about 1230 pm.