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Old 09-25-2016, 08:41 PM   #181
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Beautiful sunset tonight!

We had a gorgeous sunset at Thomson Causeway that lit up the whole sky!
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:21 PM   #182
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I'll wait till it shows up here in BC....
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:28 PM   #183
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Mississippi River Flood

Chris from Whitewater Wisconsin was so kind to bring me up to speed on the coming threat of flooding on the Mississippi River. As you may know, there have been a series of storms dropping large amounts of rain across Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa this past week. Well, this rain has started to make it way to the Mississippi River. For those who live along the river this is a common occurrence, more so in spring with the snow melt but at other times of the year as well. There is a very high likelihood that the river will reach flood stage.

Here is the situation at Thomson Causeway. The river at that point is behind dam #13 that in turn forms pool #13 on the Mississippi. This pool is really a lake behind the dam. The measuring point for the pool is the dam at Fulton, Illinois about 15 miles downstream from Thomson Causeway. These are the latest predicted levels at the dam:

Predicted Levels:
Today 13.4
Thursday 16.0
Saturday 16.6

The Thomson Causeway website lists some specific criteria for the campground, here is their information:

Thomson Causeway
Major Flood 16.7
Causeway Closes 16.9

From the information we have at this moment we see the levels are such that it is not a major flood, however these are estimated numbers and they certainly will be refined as time passes.

In addition, we have our man on the ground in the form of RedDog, who is currently camped at the rally location. In talking with him there has been no notification given of the possibility of a campground closure but being there he will be monitoring the situation and let us know the status.

Tomorrow we will begin a search for an alternative location, in the event Thomson Causeway is closed. Obviously this will not be on the river and we will keep you informed of that progress.

In the meantime do keep a close watch to the forum, I have most attendees email and will mail an update if necessary.

If you would like to follow the forecast for flooding use this link to the Quad Cities NOAA River Forecast and click on the icon in front of Fulton under the Mississippi River section.

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Old 09-25-2016, 09:30 PM   #184
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We had the same out here in the country. The Cold front pushed through mid afternoon and dropped the temp about 10
DegreesF . About a half an hour before sunset the sky started to clear in the west so the under lighting by the setting sun was spectacular and prolonged. Hope we get a
Couple next weekend. Good sleeping tonight and too breezy here foe bugs to fly.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:31 PM   #185
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I vote for Iowa Dave's farm.....
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:36 AM   #186
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Give us daily updates on your pick up and locations as you head East.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:01 AM   #187
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I hope to, on the way out I had issues with no cell coverage in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and the internet I subscribed for with "UConnect" for the car was also very sketchy out west.
I'm also thinking of changing return route to US#2 over Cascades, I90 east to I25 south to I80 east to Thomson, 35 hours driving time which is about 2 more than normal but hopefully will get better cell coverage.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:40 AM   #188
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Paul thanks for staying on top of the flood situation and Reddog for the on site reports.

Those storms have been massive with flooding in areas I have never heard of flooding before. One small town along the River in southern WI (Victory) had huge amounts of damage and a man was killed when his house collapsed. The areas that have been deluged this past week (on top of a very wet summer overall) all drain into the Mississippi.

Let's hope the predicted flood levels are correct. If they are the campground should stay open.
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Hopefully we can see you during the open house Saturday. Gay's 87 yr young dad will be with us as he is interested in doing some travel with us and has much more RV experience than me! Thanks again for showing us your 21.
Yes, we plan to arrive for a visit during the open house time...we will be sure to look for you!
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Rough waters on Mississippi River

It is a bit breezy today!
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