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Low river levels mean early start for Dubuque riverboat industry

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - It looks like boaters will have a chance to get out earlier this year than usual.

That's because low snowfall totals and light spring rain have combined to keep the levels on the Mississippi well below flood levels.

The National Weather Service reported today the level of the Mississippi in Dubuque is less than 11 feet -- well below the flood level of 17 feet.

And that means that Dubuque's riverboats will be able to start early this year.

"The number one thing when people come here that they want to do, that they ask, is, 'How do we get on the river?'" Keith Rahe, President and CEO of the Dubuque Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. "So with the accessibility to the river right now with the boats being able to get out early, it's going to do nothing but help us."

The American Lady, a yacht in Dubuque, doesn't dock inside the floodwall, which means they are less at the whims of the level of the river. 

But this weather, combined with the low river, make ideal conditions for the company.

"When it's 70 degrees and sunny like it is right now, people want to get out on the water and get going," said Charles Cretsinger, owner of the American Lady. "And once they get going, they want to keep going."

He thinks he'll see a huge bump in business this year because of it.

"It's huge," Cretsinger said. "It can mean the difference between a great summer or just a regular summer. I'm looking for hopefully one of the best summers we've had in quite a few."
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