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Mississippi River Falling, But Will Remain Above Flood Stage

Flood waters push into a parking lot at AY McDonald Park in Dubuque (Courtesy: City of Dubuque).

The Mississippi River at Dubuque has crested, but is expected to stay well above flood stage for the foreseeable future. The river topped out at 22.6 feet at around 6:00 Saturday morning, and has fallen only slightly since then. This morning it was being measured at a depth of 22.2 feet. At this point, the river is expected to drop below the “major flood” stage of 21.5 feet on Wednesday afternoon. But there’s no signal in the National Weather Service’s river level projections that shows when it might go below the overall flood stage of 17 feet. According to the weather service, the river will drop to a depth of about 20.5 feet by late Friday, but then hold steady through next Monday.

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