Major Flooding Hits Manchester

Heavy rain Thursday night into Friday morning has led to major flooding in Manchester. The City reported 5.7 inches of rain, while one resident on East Union reported 7.25 inches since Thursday night.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Warning for the Maquoketa River in Manchester through Saturday morning. The projected river crest changed three times Friday morning. The NWS now says the river should crest at 20.4 feet around 7 pm tonight. It stood at 20.2 feet this afternoon.

The water started pouring out of its banks Friday morning, covering West Main Street. Businesses along the street evacuated, including Burger King and Hardees. Sandbags surrounded many of the businesses, including Bushel and a Peck, Reetz Chiropractic and Alley Cuts. You can see the flood impact in the photos below.

The Manchester Whitewater Park was not visible at all on Friday – floodwaters covered the six drops and riverbank, partially covering the walking trail and nearly reaching the gazebo. Many residents gathered at the park to take photos and check out the floodwaters.

City officials have asked the public to avoid downtown Manchester. A detour is taking traffic to West Marion Street across the bridge (just a couple blocks south of West Main Street), but Assistant Fire Chief Kevin Graybill says the area is congested.

The record crest in Manchester was 24.5 feet in July 2010.

(photos by KMCH, Advanced Eyecare Associates of Eastern Iowa and Holly Cole)