CAMANCHE — The time has come to celebrate the independence of the United States but one popular, local gathering spot is shut down for the time being.
Rock Creek Marina and Campground, one of Clinton County’s recreational facilities, closed its gate on Monday after water began spilling into campgrounds and submerged the grounds’ only entry point.
“Sunday afternoon it was getting into the campsites, pretty much affecting all the campsites that we had,” Rock Creek park officer Brad Taylor said. “The Eco Center was still open on Monday, because we could still use the road. But it came up a lot since and as soon as it starts to get down to 18 feet we close the Eco Center because that’s when it starts to come over the road.”
With their biggest celebration weekend looming, Taylor knows the campground will lose out on a good revenue source but says there is little to be done when the Mighty Mississippi floods.
Especially when it floods as quickly as it has this week, said Taylor.
As of Tuesday the river was observed at approximately 19 feet, 2 feet above flood stage and rising quickly. By Thursday, the National Weather Service expects the river will crest at nearly 21 feet.
A big reason why that water is rising so rapidly is because of heavy and consistent rain in northern Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, according to NWS meteorologist Dave Cousins.
“It’s been on a pretty quick rise since (June) 30,” he said. “There has been quite a bit of rain over all over the region really, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota, and all of that’s tied into the system. All the water that’s flowing downstream from up north is causing this rise.”
Cousins added that Dubuque had 12.57 inches of rain in June, about 8 inches above normal, all of which is adding to the flooding troubles faced in Camanche and the surrounding areas.