A roundup of flood news in Iowa from the Associated Press.
Iowa's Lee County declares state of emergency
KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) The Lee County Board of Supervisors has declared a state of emergency as recent heavy rains have swollen the Mississippi, Des Moines and Skunk rivers.
The Keokuk Daily Gate City reports that county officials expect flooding that will cause damage to public and private property and possibly disrupt power, water and sewer service.
Keokuk is in the southeast corner of Iowa, where the Des Moines River meets with the Mississippi River. The Skunk River also flows through northern Lee County into the Mississippi River north of Keokuk.
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Clinton installs floodgates; library flooded
CLINTON, Iowa (AP) The eastern Iowa city of Clinton has installed floodgates and received reports of some flooding along the Mississippi River, which has been rising after days of heavy rains.
The Clinton Herald reports that workers installed the floodgates on Thursday after learning the river was expected to exceed 16.5 feet at Clinton.
Water Quality Superintendent Dan Riney says if the river reaches 20 feet, "that's a game-changer."
So far in April, the area has received more than 7 inches of rain, more than double the normal 2.90 for the month.
The heavy rain also damaged the basement of the city's library. Library Director Amy Birtell arrived at the library's main branch Thursday to discover her office and other areas of the basement flooded.
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Dubuque officials close flood gates
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) Officials in Dubuque have closed several flood gates along the Mississippi River as the river's waters crest at the east Iowa city. But at least one official says there is no sense of emergency in the city.
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that officials closed the Ice Harbor gates on Thursday when the Mississippi River surpassed the 17-foot mark, considered flood stage in Dubuque.
But the Public Works Director Don Vogt says the river "doesn't seriously grab our attention until it gets to about 20 feet." The river is expected to remain near 17 feet for several days.
Vogt says the National Weather Service predicts the river will recede slowly.
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Sandbag barrier up around Burlington auditorium
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) City employees and volunteers have erected a sandbag barrier around much of Burlington's Memorial Auditorium in an effort to keep the rising Mississippi River's waters out of the building.
The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that crews used heavy machinery to erect the sand-filled barriers that surrounded the building Friday. City Manager Jim Ferneau says those barriers will extend even further by Saturday night. Streets along the riverfront have been closed, including Market, Valley, Jefferson and Washington streets.
Officials say the crest for the Mississippi River at Burlington is 21.8 feet -- a mark the river is expected to reach late Sunday night or early Monday morning. By Friday night, the river had reached 19.5 feet high enough to cover the Port of Burlington parking lot.
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