MANCHESTER, Iowa (KCRG) - Heavy rain over the last few days, especially on Monday, has residents of Manchester bracing for a rising Maquoketa River.
Several inches of rain fell in parts of northeast Iowa Monday, several areas reported four inches of rain in just a matter of hours. That rain is sending the Maquoketa River over its banks.
Early Monday evening, the river was forecast to crest at 15.5 in Manchester Tuesday morning. By 9 p.m., the forecast had been updated to 18.5 feet. By 10 p.m., the forecast had again been increased to 19.5 feet. After midnight, it was bumped up again to 19.9 feet - making it one of the top ten crests of the Maquoketa at Manchester.
By late Monday night, officials had closed several roads through the town, including Highway 13 which goes through Manchester as Main Street.
The river is forecast to crest this morning.