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Flooding could impact RAGBRAI at both ends

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DAVENPORT (KWWL) -

For the first time in the history of RAGBRAI, riders may not be able to dip their tires in either river due to flooding.

When riders left Glenwood on Sunday morning, they had to dip their tires in tubs filled with water from the Missouri River because flooding there made it too dangerous.

Now, Mother Nature could cause the same problem in Davenport on Saturday.

Heavy rains Wednesday night and Thursday caused the Mississippi River in Dubuque to rise four feet in under 12 hours.  As that water flows downstream, the National Weather Service is predicting that the Mississippi River will go above flood stage in Davenport on Saturday.  That could mean conditions in Davenport might be too dangerous for riders to dip their front tires.

T.J. Juskiewicz, RAGBRAI Director, says they are monitoring the situation and will make a final decision on Friday night.  He says this would be the first time in the 39-year history of the ride that riders would not be able to dip their tires in either river.

Juskiewicz adds that organizers are more concerned with the people in the Dubuque area that have lost their homes in the flooding than whether or not riders can dip their bike tires.

Watch live reports from RAGBRAI's stop in Coralville on the KWWL News at Noon, 5, 6 and 10.

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