Flash Flooding Hits Delaware County

Flash flooding has hit areas of Manchester and Delaware County.

A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for Delaware County until 3:15 pm today.

Delaware County Emergency Management Coordinator Mike Ryan tells KMCH the heaviest rain on Friday morning fell just south of Manchester in Prairie Township, where they saw over three inches of rain.

Delaware County Secondary Roads Department has been out barricading flooded roads across the county. Several spots on Old Highway 20 are topped with water, but the County says no parts of the road are closed at this time.

In Manchester, a couple areas of town were hard hit with flash flooding.

That’s Manchester City Manager Tim Vick, who says clogged culverts seem to be the main cause of the flash flooding.

The dry run near West Delaware High School was also moving along pretty quickly this morning, leading the school to take precautions and evacuate the vehicles in the high school parking lot and move them to Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Right now, flooding along the Maquoketa River in Manchester is not an issue – though the river jumped four feet this morning, sitting at about nine and a half feet around noon. More scattered storms are expected to re-develop later this afternoon into tonight, which could bring another one to two inches of rain and the risk of severe weather. This weather moves in just as local residents are getting ready to kick off the holiday weekend, with some campers already set up at local campgrounds. Ryan says if you are one of the campers parked in the south lower campground of Bailey’s Ford Park, stay alert to the weather.

Sandbagging is not going on right now in Manchester, but efforts may start up if more heavy rains move in later today.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect this afternoon through early Saturday morning for Delaware, Dubuque, Buchanan, Jones and Linn counties.

Our weather partners at KCRG-TV9 say this weekend, the general theme remains the same with a few storms – mainly during the overnight and early morning hours – though lighter rains are expected. By Memorial Day on Monday, the chance of rain will be a bit higher as a stronger system approaches from the west. Rainfall totals through Tuesday are forecasted to be in the one to three inch range, with isolated higher amounts possible.

Stay with Mix 94.7 KMCH for the latest weather updates.


photo courtesy of Mike Johnson/KMCH