2001 Flood - Dubuque, Iowa

Dubuque from Fenelon Place, April 23, 2001.

After the 1965 flood, Dubuque built a floodwall and dike along the river. In 2001, the floodwall and dike prevented flooding in Dubuque. Without the floodwall, industrial areas along the river would have flooded, and floodwaters would have reached the lower parts of downtown Dubuque.

Dubuque served as the Red Cross headquarters for disaster relief activities from Lacrosse to Davenport. Residents displaced by flooding in outlying areas also took refuge in Dubuque.

Photos on this page taken April 23, the day the river crested at 26.46 feet.

All photos on this page copyright © Alan and Mary Ann Draves.

During floods, the flood gates at the entrance to Ice Harbor are closed. The river level outside the gates is higher than the harbor during floods.
Ice Harbor

A riverwalk and amphitheater will be built here as part of the America's River project.

Dike north of Highway 61 bridge. Factories in background would have flooded if the dike was not there.

Greyhound Park
Flooding at Dubuque Greyhound Park. This is outside the floodwall.

The floodwall from the Highway 20 bridge.

The Mississippi looking north from the Highway 61 bridge.

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