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Mississippi River Joins List of Flood Warnings

The Mississippi River at Dubuque has been added to the list of area waterways under a Flood Warning. That warning will be in effect until Tuesday morning. The Mississippi level has risen about two feet in the past day, and will continue to increase into the weekend. It’s currently scheduled to reach the flood stage of 17 feet sometime around the midday tomorrow. The expected crest will come on Saturday morning at 17.8 feet. The Mississippi is currently expected to drop back below flood stage on Tuesday.

In Elkader, the Turkey River reached flood stage early this morning and has continued to rise. It’s expected to crest at 22.7 feet around midday tomorrow. That forecasted crest is a bit lower than the 23 feet that had previously been expected. The Flood Warning for the Turkey is expected to stay in effect until late Sunday night.

There are also Flood Warnings out for the Maquoketa River in both Manchester and Maquoketa. In Manchester, the river is expected to crest at about 17 feet sometime this morning. That’s three feet above the flood stage. The warning there will expire tonight. In Maquoketa, the river has already reached what’s considered “major flooding.” It’s predicted to crest at 31.7 feet this evening. That’s nearly eight feet above flood stage. The warning there will be in effect until Saturday night.

In Wisconsin, the Pecatonica River is flooding in both Darlington and Blanchardville. In Darlington, the river will crest at 15.9 feet tonight. That’s almost 2.5 feet above flood stage. The Flood Warning in Darlington will be in effect until Saturday morning. In Blanchardville, the Pecatonica will remain above flood stage through Saturday evening. It’s expected to crest at 13.9 feet either late tonight or early tomorrow morning. That’s almost three feet above flood stage.

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