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East Dubuque neighborhood gets used to flooding


Water creeping from the Mississippi has forced an East Dubuque family from their home. The American Red Cross responded to their first flood case at 780 ½ Harbor Drive in East Dubuque, Illinois Wednesday night. It is providing the family with food, shelter and recovery materials. But neighbors say they are used to flooding and are learning to cope.

At the end of Larry Perry's work day in Dubuque, he heads to his home in East Dubuque, Illinois.

"This is pretty, pretty tame," he said.

And although he usually drive right up to his house, this week the commute has been a little different.

"You get used to it real quick," Perry said.

For the last ten years Perry has lived here. He's seen seven floods. Sometimes the water is so high it takes a boat to get to his house But when we caught up with him, it was a make shift raft and the help of his neighbor.

"One guy puts boots on and then the other guy hops on and one guy pushes," he said as he described the process.

So far nothing has been damaged. After all, most the houses here sit up on a second story.

"So you get everything up off the ground," he said.

Still the water is creeping, knee high in some places. In the meantime Perry and his neighbors will keep working together. Attempting to keep life's daily routine, though soggy, somewhat normal.

The Red Cross reminds everyone to be prepared for rising flood waters. They recommend you watch the forecast, raise expensive items such as furniture and water heaters. And also have a family disaster plan, in the event you might get evacuated.


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