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Dubuque County hit hard by floods


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The Maquoketa River spilled it's banks in Dyersville Friday morning. And residents there say this is worse that 2008.

Therese Reicher woke up Friday morning to a phone call from a neighbor.

"He said 'Therese, I want to help you move your car.'  I said why. Then I looked outside," Reicher said.

By then water from nearby Maquoketa River had spilled into the middle of the street and her backyard. But it hadn't reached her door.

"When the water kept coming up closer and closer and closer," Reicher said.

That's when she grabbed her St. Francis statue.

"I put it up on my porch," Reicher said.

And she watched as water crept passed her steps.

"I watched it very, and I watched it closely in my basement and I didn't think it would get down that level that it would start seeping in," Reicher said.

It even surrounded St. Francis Xavier Basilica.

And although Dyersville saw the worst of it, other parts of Dubuque County faced the same. Highway 52 by Sageville was impassible as water spilled over the roadway, leaving the Smith family no choice but to leave their home for a short time.

"But it's alright. I'm not really too scared of it. But it's like 'Woah, there's water right in front of my house,'" Sammy Smith said.

Back in Dyersville, as the water recedes, Reicher puts St. Francis back in her front yard, hoping this will all come to an end soon.

"It's just... It's just horrible," Reicher said.

By the way, St. Francis is the patron saint of birds and nature...

The good news, the basilica received no flood damage. The bad news, more rain in the forecast, and a lot of cleanup for neighbors in the area.

The City of Dubuque also experiencing flooding today. Leaving many people cleaning up flooded basements. Some parts of town still without power. The sewers on West Locust backed up.

Crews spent the morning pumping water out.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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