Flooding around Dubuque County


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A downpour of rain that started Wednesday afternoon has left Dubuque County scrambling to prevent flooding damage. The rain total exceeded 13 inches over the past day, flooding homes and streets. KCRG reports that the rain may continue till the end of Thursday:

City officials report that 13-15 inches of rain has fallen in Dubuque since Wednesday afternoon. Dubuque Public Works Director Don Vogt tells KCRG-TV9 that is in his 36-years in Dubuque, he has never seen flooding of this magnitude. Overnight, the Dubuque Fire Department called in every available employee to help respond to emergency calls, according to fire chief Dan Brown. Chief Brown says that the department’s resources were stretched thin due to the flooding and responding to two fires.

“It’s Dubuque County that’s really getting hammered,” said Dubuque County emergency management coordinator Tom Berger.

Berger said some people had to be rescued from their homes and stranded vehicles in Dubuque County, but no injuries have been reported to him.

Water 2 to 3 feet deep was seen on some streets, Berger said, and several people have reported water in their basements.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Philip said Dubuque Regional Airport reported 10.92 inches over the past 24 hours. Edgewood in northern Delaware County reported 3.07 inches over that same period.

Heavy rain also was reported in nearby Jackson and Jones counties.

Philip said it was still raining in Dubuque and that there was a 60 to 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the area through the end of Thursday, when the chance of rain was expected to diminish.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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