Flooding Leads to Road and Park Closures

Wednesday’s flooding has led to several closures for area roads and parks.

In Manchester on Wednesday afternoon, West Main Street/Highway 13 remained closed as the Maquoketa River was out of its banks into the street. Traffic is being detoured onto West Marion Street and South 9th Street until the floodwaters recede.

Across Delaware County, county engineer Anthony Bardgett says the only road closed right now is Fountain Springs Park level B road. He says there are also numerous roads that have barricades warning of washout areas, but you can still get down those roads. Bardgett says they may close Masonville Highway (110th Avenue) from the railroad tracks to 200th Street tonight if water remains on the road, but they’re not sure yet.

Several Delaware County parks are closed, including Coffins Grove Park and Twin Bridges Park. The County’s Conservation Department says Bailey’s Ford Park’s lower south campground is also closed. Turtle Creek Park remains open.

Elsewhere, Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver says River Road just north of Monticello closed Wednesday afternoon due to floodwaters.

And in Dubuque County, Sheriff Joe Kennedy tells KMCH that Highway 52 North between the Northwest Arterial and John Deere Road North are closed, along with Rupp Hollow Road at Highway 52 North.

Officials say it can be hard to track down all the roads experiencing flooding, but the important thing to remember is to never travel road that has water crossing it – turn around, don’t drown – and report the flooded roadway to authorities.


top photo courtesy of Christy Braden (Twin Bridges); bottom photo courtesy of Mark Tucker (north of Masonville)