FLOODING UPDATE: Turkey River cresting in Elkader now, below 200 - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

FLOODING UPDATE: Turkey River cresting in Elkader now, below 2008 levels

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UPDATE:  The Turkey River at Elkader cresting now at 22.4 feet. We could see fluctuations for a few hours.

That's below the 2008 levels.

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UPDATE:  Central Community Schools in Elkader are closed today because of the flooding.

Authorities are asking people to stay away from downtown Elkader.

The Turkey River has been rising and is expected to crest this afternoon at about 26.5 feet.

The record crest is over 27 feet on June 10, 2008.

KWWL has had a crew in Elkader all morning.

The Clayton County Sheriff's Office will have a news conference at 10 a.m. to talk about the flooding.

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ELKADER, Iowa (AP) — Volunteers scrambled yesterday to build sandbag walls around businesses and some homes as the rain-swollen Turkey River threatened to breach protective levees in northeast Iowa.

Authorities say the flooding already occurring in Clayton County's Elkader and elsewhere is expected to worsen as the river is forecast to hit about 27 feet today in Elkader. That's 15 feet above flood stage and just three-quarters of a foot under the record crest of more than 27.75 feet in 2008.

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