Some northeast Iowa rivers are expected to top their banks after several days of rainfall, that at times was heavy.

Major flooding is predicted for the Maquoketa River at Manchester, while minor flooding is forecast for the Turkey River at Elkader and Garber. The National Weather Service has posted flood warnings both rivers.

Specific details on the flood warnings posted for northeast Iowa are posted below:


At Manchester (U.S. Highway 20):
Until Thursday morning.
* At 9:15 AM Wednesday the stage was 17.8 feet and rising rapidly.
* Flood stage is 14.0 feet.
* Moderate flooding is occurring and Major flooding is forecast.
* Forecast: Rise to 20.0 feet today, then fall below flood stage Thursday morning.
* Impact: At 19.0 feet, water affects businesses along West Main Street. Iowa Highway 13 was closed Wednesday morning.


At Elkader:
* From Wednesday evening to Friday morning, orr until warning is cancelled.
* At 6:45 AM Wednesday the stage was 9.1 feet.
* Flood stage is 12.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast: The river is expected to rise above flood stage by Wednesday evening and continue rising to near 12.4 feet by Thursday morning. The river is forecast to fall below flood stage by Thursday.
* Impact: At 12.0 feet, minor flooding occurs in areas near the river.

At Garber:
* Until late Thursday night, or until the warning is cancelled.
* At 7:15 AM Wednesday the stage was 18.8 feet.
* Flood stage is 17.0 feet.
* Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.
* Forecast: The river is forecast to begin falling, dropping below flood stage by Thursday morning.
* Impact: At 19.0 feet, County Road X3C at the south end of Garber becomes inundated.

According to the National Weather Service, a flood warning remains in effect for southeastern Clayton County until 2 PM Wednesday. At 6:34 AM, local law enforcement reported flooding and some road closures across the warned area. In particular, high water levels were are occurring along the Little Turkey and Turkey Rivers.


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