- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Dubuque have closed several floodgates as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest above flood stage in the coming days.

The city closed the Ice Harbor floodgates on Friday as the National Weather Service predicted the Mississippi River will crest at 17.9 feet - nearly a foot above flood stage - this weekend, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported (https://bit.ly/ThuLkL ). It also closed floodgates at Maus Lake and is pumping water to maintain the water level behind the gates.

City crews set up pumps at East Fourth Street near the Shot Tower and planned to staff those pumps around the clock.

Heavy rains Wednesday night led to the overflow of some sanitary sewers in Dubuque.

City officials said manholes at several locations overflowed into the streets early Thursday, allowing untreated wastewater to enter some storm sewers. A pump was later used to reduce the likelihood of sewer entering nearby homes.

By Saturday afternoon, the Mississippi River was at just over 17 feet, which the National Weather Service says will lead to minor flooding of low-lying areas.

The service predicts the river will crest Sunday.


Information from: Telegraph Herald, https://www.thonline.com

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