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Dubuque Closes Floodgates

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Officials in Dubuque have closed several floodgates as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest above flood stage in the coming days.

The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports (http://bit.ly/ThuLkL ) that the city closed the Ice Harbor floodgates on Friday as the National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River will crest at 17.9 feet this weekend. That's nearly a foot above flood stage.

Heavy rains Wednesday night led to the overflow of some sanitary sewers in Dubuque.

City officials say manholes at several locations overflowed into the streets early Thursday, allowing untreated waste-water to enter some storm sewers. A pump was later used to reduce the likelihood of sewer entering nearby homes.

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