MANCHESTER, Iowa (KWWL) — The Maquoketa River has been filling up fast with melting snow and now rain fall causing the city’s Main Street to shut down just before 2 p.m. on Thursday, as water took over the roadway.
Manchester’s City Manager, Tim Vick said they’ve been concerned over how quickly the snow is melting,
“Unfortunately, when it’s cold like it is and we still have frost on the ground, we have culverts that are still frozen shut. So water doesn’t flow like it normally does.”
However, creeks and ditches are fairing even worse, as they have taken on the extra water, causing flooding near the Manchester School’s sports fields.
“The snow melt coming off the farm fields was really coming through quickly, our dry runs as they call them really filled up quickly and started to exceed their banks, a lot of yards have water pounding up around them,” said Vick.
Zachary Dunn is one of those residents with a small creek now taking over his backyard. “I stayed up most of the night just to kind of keep an eye on things, just to make sure we weren’t going to get flooded, and that we didn’t need to warn everyone like hey get out it’s coming up,” said Dunn.
The water has started to recede so Dunn said he’s not too worried. However, as he works to get his commercial drivers license he’s not more wary of flooded roadways.
“Once you go through the water, you want to push on your brakes after you make it through, this way your brakes can dry back out so you can stop properly,” said Dunn.
The Maquoketa River crested sometime early Thursday around 17 feet.
The city did not have an estimate of when the portion of Main Street would be re-opened, at this time. They’re also asking anyone who sees a clogged or frozen shut, storm sewer to contact city hall.