Storms Bring Heavy Rain to Highway 20 Corridor

The storms that moved through Sunday night into Monday morning brought around five inches of rain along the Highway 20 corridor.

Manchester, Earlville, Hazleton and Hopkinton all reported around five inches of rain, with Monticello and Cascade receiving about four inches.

The heavy rain has caused the Maquoketa River in Manchester to rise rapidly. It sat at four feet over the weekend and rose to over eight feet by noon on Monday, flowing at over 14,000 cubic feet per second – that’s considered dangerous conditions for tubing and kayaking. A Flash Flood Warning was in effect for parts of the area early Monday morning, but was cancelled as the day went on.

One-inch hail was also reported in Farley early Sunday evening. And strong winds brought down trees in Independence, Monticello and Dubuque, with one large tree branch falling onto a Monticello home.

Delaware County Engineer Anthony Bardgett says surprisingly, there was no major road damage from the storms that moved through… just a few minor washouts that they’ll be repairing.

Drier weather is predicted the rest of this week into next weekend.


(image courtesy of National Weather Service)