Rainfall and Snowmelt Leads to Area Flooding

Flooding remains an issue across the KMCH listening area.

The City of Manchester shut down West Main Street from the four corners to the hospital early Thursday afternoon. Water was just starting to cross road as the Maquoketa River reached close to 17 feet. The National Weather Service says the river is expected to crest at 17.3 feet this evening before dropping below the 14-foot flood stage Friday morning.

Manchester City Manager Tim Vick says several other areas of town have been seeing water too, including Honey Creek Drive and Tirrill Park.

There were no sandbagging efforts this week in Manchester. Vick says the City still had sandbags left from the flooding last October, so anyone in need of sandbags is welcome to stop by the City Shop to pick some up.

Flooding remains an issue on a number of roads across Delaware County as well. County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ryan says if you see water crossing a road that’s not already marked, let dispatch know.

Major flooding has been going on in Clayton County, with over a dozen roads closed on Thursday, including Highway 52 in Millville. Flood warnings remain in effect for the Turkey River in Elkader and Garber, with both rivers expected to crest around ten feet above flood stage Friday morning.


photos of Manchester flooding by Janelle Tucker, KMCH