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Garber prepares for rising Turkey River levels


The heavy rains early Saturday morning are causing some serious flooding concerns for areas of Northeast Iowa and Southwest Wisconsin. Storms with heavy rain moved through Allamakee, Clayton, and Dubuque counties in Iowa and Grant and Crawford counties in Wisconsin. Areas near Boscolbel, Wisconsin were hit with as much as seven inches of rain flooding parts of that town. The rains are leaving one town in Iowa threatened by floodwaters from the Turkey River.

This morning volunteers came together in downtown Garber to fill sandbags while the Turkey River was sneaking up right behind them. Chad Kuehl is Fire Chief for Garber's Fire Department. He says Garber and other local areas been seeing a lot of rain.

"A lot of the local areas got anywhere from 4-6 inches of rain around here. A lot of the creeks were really wild and now it is pushing the river out of it's banks...So we are just playing from there." Kuehl said.

It was city officials who made the call to begin making sandbags.

"The river is supposed to crest at 29.9 feet according to La Crosse, Wisconsin. Right now the river is dropping but we are filling up sandbags just to be prepared if there are any more storms coming through the area." Kuehl said.

Kuehl says the community has been hit with floods before.

"It seems like a routine almost every 4-5 years." Kuehl said.

The Turkey River at Garber is supposed to crest around 7 P.M. Saturday evening. But it may rise again later in the evening if more thunderstorms move through. Clayton County Emergency Management has issued a no-travel advisory on all side roads until further notice...Due to some roads being washed out, flooded or the possibility of mudslides.

In Dubuque County Saturday, flash flooding caused a brief evacuation for people near New Wine Park. The area near New Vienna received more than three inches of rain Saturday morning. The flood waters around that area are quickly receded though officials continue to watch local creeks.



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