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Rushing into Dubuque at the rate of 3,000,000 gallons per second, depths of water reached seven feet on some streets. (3) An estimated two dozen businesses were closed or had to be relocated. (4) Schools closed as an estimated 3,500 volunteers filled an estimated 400,000 of sandbags. (5)
The record 1965 flood left the Packers, Dubuque's professional BASEBALL team, without a home field for forty-one days. Home games were played in Cascade or Dyersville for nearly one-fourth of the home season.
A flood in April, 1967 led to thousands of dollars in damage. In July, Dubuque vowed to be first when the State of Iowa began providing interest-free flood loans. Six months later, Dubuque was still in line--waiting. (6)
The damage led to the construction of a 6.5 mile long FLOODWALL thirty-three feet high along the riverfront. Other record floods in Dubuque include:
April 23, 1969-------------23.1ft.
May 6, 1975---------------22.8ft.
April 25, 1952-------------22.7ft.
April 22, 1951-------------22.7ft.
October 24-25, 1881----21.2ft.
September 20, 1938----20.6ft.
Flooding of the Mississippi River was only part of the problem. The BEE BRANCH on the city's North End caused flooding from the earliest history of the city. Between 1999 and 2016 flooding of a 6.5-square-mile area in the basin of the Bee Branch caused an estimated $70 million in damage and led to six presidential disaster declarations. In 2016 the area was the focus of a $219 million flood-mitigation effort and in June city council members approved a plan to help homeowners in the affected area. About $8.4 million of a $31.5 million grant was approved to be used to help 320 property owners make repairs from the 2011 flood. (7)
Dubuque's history of flooding includes the devastation on July 4, 1876 when a flash flood wiped out Rockdale along the banks of CATFISH CREEK. Witnesses claimed it took only 30 minutes for the waters to wipe out the village and kill 41 people.
The flood at UNION PARK on July 9, 1919 caused the death of five people. Although the park was rebuilt, the former grandeur of the site was never recaptured.
1965 Flood Video--https://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play;_ylt=A2KLqIKm6K5WtTIA1e00nIlQ;_ylu=X3oDMTByZWc0dGJtBHNlYwNzcgRzbGsDdmlkBHZ0aWQDBGdwb3MDMQ--?p=Dubuque+Flood+%281965%29&vid=e608b2166ef7d22d8f2713dad953e4d5&turl=http%3A%2F%2Ftse2.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOVP.V2adc2d9ae0130e5a1bdfdae059d8c5ee%26pid%3D15.1%26h%3D168%26w%3D300%26c%3D7%26rs%3D1&rurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8yexUz53B-8&tit=Dubuque+1965+Flood&c=0&h=168&w=300&l=222&sigr=11bltt5o3&sigt=10iqm68e6&sigi=131tknb7b&age=1391147701&fr2=p%3As%2Cv%3Av&fr=yhs-iry-fullyhosted_011&hsimp=yhs-fullyhosted_011&hspart=iry&tt=b
1. U. S. Geological Survey. Online: https://pubs.er.usgs.gov/publication/ofr65145
3. Barton, Thomas J. " The Big One: Dubuquers Recall the Massive Flood of 1965," Telegraph Herald, April 26, 2015, Online: http://www.thonline.com/news/tri-state/article_6d7743c8-5bdb-5309-9494-2eb0d0bed9cd.html?sp-tk=4028FCD9FB08CA449E7720D7E345F956581C28FA53EDF73AFB070EA18C33F5B7DE3CB7C74AB4A0CE05B9918A6EEA4E3A754029B4CA6A89B06064E7EA4476E0ABC99707FD3E726BDBD7759544D3AFED7221C79B07E9D01834A6A42951AB2992DE31641DB0D6AD45DAD8B5604A74874FBFA293606C28F781571BEB6E8AABF5CA26059059903E400A22C02D87A33560B63544626B8B
6. "Chronology," Telegraph Herald, December 31, 1967, p. 18
7. Barton, Thomas J. "Flood-Relief Plan Approved," Telegraph Herald, June 23, 2016, p. 1
175 Years, Volume Three, Telegraph Herald, September 15, 2008