Van Buren County experiences flooding

Residents in Van Buren County dealt with flooding Thursday at the Des Moines River over the Keosauqua Bridge.

According to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service of the National Weather Service, the Des Moines River at Keosauqua is expected to crest late Thursday at 27.4 ft. By mid-afternoon the Des Moines River reached 27.05 ft.

Water affects streets near the nursery on the east end of Keosauqua. If the river crests at the expected level it will be just above the historical crest set in April 1976 and just below the level of a historical crest set June 1, 1903.

Water is also over the river banks in Selma, Bentonsport, Bonaparte and Farmington. The water levels in those towns hit 27 feet. Water effects any low-lying agricultural area when levels reach 22-inches.