OFF THE CHARTS: 13”+ of Rain Reported in Dubuque County

storm totalsTake a look at the image here.  All that white is radar estimated rainfall totals from this storm that have reached the top of the chart, 10 inches or more of rain!  That figure has already been verified as areas in and around Dubuque and Galena and many other areas of Dubuque and Jo Daviess County are reporting 9”-11” of rain this morning.  At last report, the Dubuque Regional Airport recorded 10.92” of rain.  Near Galena in Jo Daviess County, IL, 13.45” was recorded this morning.  And in Peosta (Dubuque County), 13.10” of rain was recorded this morning.  The worst news after all of this is more rain is on the way.

The Red Cross has established a relief center in Dubuque.  The city has shut down the Julien Dubuque Bridge that crosses the Mississippi River due to flooding in East Dubuque, IL.  People are advised not to travel in Dubuque County because dozens of roads are currently under water. At the bottom of this story we’ll post complete information from the City of Dubuque.

Also not to be taken likely is a widespread area of rainfall in the 3”-8” over a large portion of northeast Iowa.  Countless roads are now underwater and travel is difficult in many places due to the rising water levels.  If you are traveling early this morning common sense rules will apply, DO NOT attempt to drive over roads with water over them.  You cannot tell how deep that water is and it doesn’t take much to sweep a vehicle right off the road.

The small town of Garber in Clayton County is also under siege at this hour.  The Turkey River is rising rapidly, threatening to top at least one earthen levee nearby and more rain is on the way.  Current projections put the river at more than 10 feet above flood stage by this time tomorrow.   But that figure could go even higher with more rain, potentially threatening the record level set back in 2004.

We are monitoring this dangerous situation and will continue to provide updates as needed.  You can also share your pictures of the flash flooding with us by sending them to [email protected]

From the City of Dubuque:

Information/Assistance Centers:
Prescott Elementary Neighborhood Resource Center, 1151 White Street,
Staffed by American Red Cross case workers providing water and snacks.

Portions of City Where Travel is Not Advised:
Travel in parts of Dubuque is limited due to stormwater in the streets, open manholes, downed power lines, and debris on the roadway. North End areas experiencing serious street flooding as of 6 a.m. include the Comiskey Park area, 24th and Elm Streets, 22nd and Elm Steets, 14th Street, and portions of 32nd Street. Other areas to avoid at the current time include the Five Points Area, Elm Street, North Grandview near Senior High School, Rosedale & West Locust Streets, and Kauffmann Avenue. Some local bridges are currently impassable, including the Timberhurst, Manson Road and Old Mill Road Bridges.

Number to Call for Basement Pumpouts:
Dubuque Fire Department – 563-589-4415
List is being created. Will get to them as soon as possible.

Roadway Blockages Debris:
Public Works Department, 563-589-4250

Residents needing other assistance are encouraged to call Project Concern, 211.

Clean-up tips can be accessed online at or 563-589-4181.



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