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Tri-state marina's prep for Mississippi flooding

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EAST DUBUQUE, Ill. (KWWL) -

Those living in the Tri-states continue the waiting game, wondering just how high the mighty Mississippi River will get. We talked with a local marina owner, who has been through several floods already.

AS the whether gets nice, boaters and fishers are anxious to get out on the water. But with the rising water, you won't find any boats docked at local marina's, let alone out in the water.

"Here we are again," Sandy McDowell said.

Three times in 24 years, flood waters have take over Midtown Marina in East Dubuque, Illinois.

"When the water gets this high they float up on those pilings out there. And we lose control of the current coming through here," McDowell said.

Right now the current is slow but the water is rising.

"How high is it gonna go, where is it gonna be and you know it's a crap shoot at this point," McDowell said.

But she says they're taking a proactive approach, clearing all boats from the water.

"Until then they're safer on shore than they are in the water," McDowell said.

Moving furniture from the patio and calling for volunteers to sandbag this weekend.

"We really don't want them to go in the water there is not where for them to go it's dangerous out there," McDowell said.

Danger that she says can be unpredictable at times. Thankfully, most surrounding homes are protected by a dike.

Though last week we took you to a nearby neighborhood. Where waters have already taken over several homes. For now, McDowell says the boats will stay on dry land and they'll prep the building for whatever comes through.

"We know it's coming we just don't know how far. That's why we're just not going to take any chances," McDowell said.

McDowell say this weekend they'll have volunteers fill sandbags. If the water gets high enough they'll open their garage and let the water flow through.

In the meantime she hopes water and gas prices go down in time for summer. That would help prevent business from drying up.

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