Flooding is expected to continue in the Camanche, Fulton, Ill., and surrounding areas.
The National Weather Service expects Mississippi River levels to rise through the next week as snow melt and runoff from recent rainfall from Wisconsin and Minnesota progresses downstream. Currently, moderate to major severity flooding is forecast during the next week for portions of the Mississippi River from Dubuque downstream to Burlington.
Flood warnings remain in effect for the Camanche and Fulton areas and the warning was updated on the NWS website at 9:01 p.m. Tuesday. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the river stage in Camanche was 18.1 feet and rising. By this morning, the river stage was reported at 18.2 feet. Flood stage is 17 feet.
Minor flooding is occurring and major flooding is forecasted. The NWS expects water to rise between 21 and 23 feet next week. At 21 feet, the water would affect many homes in Camanche and would be at the base of its water treatment plant.
Minor flooding is also occurring at Fulton’s Lock and Dam 13. At 8 p.m. Tuesday, the river stage was 16.8 feet and rising and moderate flooding is forecasted. By 6:44 a.m. this morning, the river stage had increased to 16.91 feet. The flood stage is 16 feet.
The water levels are expected to continue rising to between 19.5 and 21.5 feet next week. At 20 feet, water would begin seeping into a few backyards in Savanna, Ill., and into yards on Peal Street and Broad Street in Sabula.
Additional rises beyond the seven-day forecast could result in most of the Mississippi River forecast locations, between Dubuque and Burlington, reaching the major flood category by late April.
For more information or to check out the flood warnings, visit Weather.gov.