Finding Changes in Siouxland, Linn Grove

19 Oct
Water is no longer running over a dam in Linn Grove, Iowa Tuesday, September 22, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sometimes in revisiting places one can find changes that are surprising. ON a recent trip to Linn Grove where a small dam was fairly active a couple years ago, the water has stopped running. Partially due to a drought for the area and also because of spring storms a year ago where the small river the dam was situated on cut itself a new channel because of the intense spring storms and rainfall. Feast and famine.

Spring storms cut a new channel diverting water running over a dam in Linn Grove, Iowa Tuesday, September 22, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)
Water is no longer running over a dam in Linn Grove, Iowa Tuesday, September 22, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

You can no longer even drive down to an area where people would fish along the dam and the drought has shrunken the small pond where I guess a variety of fish would hang out, unsuspectedly becoming someone’s meal at a later time.

Mother Nature can be awesome in her fury. It must have been a sight seeing the water rushing during the spring storms, but sad where you realized there would be extensive damage done. Talking to a local person while there they mentioned local officials were trying to determine how to finance the damage, which in this day and age the local person said could amount to millions of dollars.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

Water is no longer running over a dam in Linn Grove, Iowa Tuesday, September 22, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

3 Responses to “Finding Changes in Siouxland, Linn Grove”

  1. Washe Koda October 19, 2020 at 2:28 pm #

    ⛈ ‘when it rains pours’ ❗️ I moved south to Tennessee to avoid the ‘ice age’ ℕ𝕠𝕨 I’m worried about Dinosaurs 🦕

    • jerrymennenga October 19, 2020 at 10:42 pm #

      Will, If I see any dinosaurs wandering around here, I will let them know there is a fan in Tennessee and they should meander down that way. I don’t mind the snow, it’s just prolonged belwo zero temperatures, or even below 20 degrees that I don’t enjoy so much anymore. Having lived in the south and in California, I missed seasons, and so, like other folk, You put up some with what you don’t like to enjoy what you do like. Take care, watch out for those large feet. Jerry

      • Washe Koda October 20, 2020 at 4:47 am #

        Jerry: While on the ‘Electric’ crew in MPLS, 40+yrs ago, -15° sunny & no wind was sweater weather for us. In Jan.&Feb. the the runoff streams would all flood then the next week all freeze {𝔽𝕣𝕠𝕫𝕖𝕟 𝔽𝕝𝕠𝕠𝕕} Why don’t counties have ‘insurance’ anymore❓
        There are 2 driving season in Minnesota, ‘winter’ & ‘road construction’ 😉 ~Willy

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