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June 16, 2008

Flood warnings remain in place

CLINTON — The National Weather Service released three flood warnings this morning for the area.

The Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 13 in Fulton, Ill., was estimated at 19.1 feet and falling with moderate flooding occurring. The river is cresting, with the flood stage at 16 feet. The National Weather Service forecasts that the river will fall to 18 feet by Wednesday afternoon. At 19 feet, the water affects South Avenue at the levee and the lowest section of Lake Street at Sabula, which is at 18 feet on the local gauge.

As of 4 a.m. the Mississippi River at Camanche was at a 21.1 feet stage and was remaining steady. Major flooding is occurring and the river is cresting, with the flood stage at 17 feet. The National Weather Service forecasts that the river will fall to 20.7 feet by Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service warns that at 21 feet, the flood water will affect many homes in the Camanche area as well as at the base of the Camanche water treatment plant.

According to Dave Rickertsen of the Camanche Public Works Department, the water is receding and the area should be fine. He said a few roads are closed and some people are reporting flooding in their homes. However, he said for now the crest hit and the area should be OK.

“We're in pretty decent shape from what I can hear,” said Rickertsen.

Major flooding is occurring and record flooding is forecast for the Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt.

At 4 a.m. this morning, the river’s stage was at 14.1 feet and rising. The flood stage is now at 11 feet. The Wapsipinicon River is forecast to rise to 14.5 feet Tuesday and then begin falling. The National Weather Service warns that at 14 feet, the water affects U.S. 67 near Folletts, the lowest sections of Country Road Z30 near McCausland, the lowest sections of Country Road Y52 near the river and access roads to Buena Vista.

The Rock Island Army Corps of Engineers have been lending help to the Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin communities that are experiencing flooding. Ron Fournier, Corps spokesman, said that 100 Corps of Engineers flood specialists are watching the rivers and helping the communities.

“They are keeping an eye on the levees,” said Fournier. He said the corps are helping the communities as they try to increase the height of levees by providing sandbags.

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