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Mississippi River in Dubuque rises above flood stage

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The Mississippi River in Dubuque, measured at the railroad bridge, hit the 17-foot minor flood stage overnight between Saturday and Sunday. The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest sometime overnight between Monday and Tuesday at 17.5 feet and return below flood stage on Thursday.

At 17 feet, according to the NWS, water starts affecting homes in the Shore Acres area in East Dubuque, Ill. At 17.5 feet, water affects Basten Road, also in East Dubuque.

"Moderate" flood stage at the railroad bridge is 18 feet. "Major" flooding is at 21.5 feet.

On its website, the NWS says, "River forecasts for this location take into account past precipitation and the precipitation amounts expected approximately 24 hours into the future from the forecast issuance time."

The city of Dubuque has closed the flood gates at the Ice Harbor in the Port of Dubuque and is pumping water out of the harbor and into the main channel.

Monitor the flood stage here: http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=dvn&gage=DBQI4

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