WAPELLO, Iowa – Major flooding on the Mississippi and Iowa rivers caused by recent heavy rains and snowmelt is forecast to reach levels high enough to overtop the emergency spillway in the Odessa levee and flood the entire Lake Odessa Complex in Louisa County.
The current river forecast shows water levels reaching heights similar to the 2011 flood, which was the seventh highest flood on record in the area.
The Sand Run, Schafer’s, and Toolesboro accesses will all be inaccessible due to flooding.
The Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge will also be flooded and the “Port Road” (120th St.) will be closed.
The Snively campground managed by the Louisa County Conservation Board is also closed due to flooding.
A significant drop in river levels will be necessary before accesses can be reopened.