DEWITT — At 2 a.m. this morning the Wapsi River flood stage was 12.3 feet and falling, but the National Weather Service forecasted the river to rise to 12.4 feet on Friday, then fall below flood stage.

The weather service report says flooding due to runoff from recent heavy rainfall will continue in many Iowa and Missouri tributary rivers over the next several days.

The Wapsipinicon River crested at 12.8 feet near DeWitt on Monday but had dropped to 12.5 feet by Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service’s Quad-Cities Web site. Flood stage is 11 feet.

The flood waters had reached the edge of old U.S. 61 south of DeWitt, but Barb Green, co-owner of Fairyland, told the Clinton Herald the business would be open Friday.

Don Holst, road superintendent for the county engineer’s department, said three roads, which were dead-ends before reaching the Wapsi were flooded.

They were 262nd Avenue, south of DeWitt, 247 Avenue, south of Grand Mound, and 178 Avenue, south of Calamus.

Farmer Terry Stevenson, who had to replant 130 acres of corn because of Wapsi flooding last year, said the river flooded part of one field this year but is now receding.

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