Flooding Impacts Homes in East Dubuque

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - The City of Dubuque escaped the cresting Mississippi River without any major flood damage.

But some people living across the river in East Dubuque, Illinois weren’t so lucky.

Many homes are under water.

Gini and Jim Appel say they live the good life on Frentress Lake. The view from their porch is the back waters of the Mississippi River.

“When you are here it’s like vacation all year round, with the exception of this occurrence right here," said Gini Appel.

That occurrence is the price they pay for a view of the Mighty Mississippi. Flood waters surround their house and fill the basement.

Gini’s lived her all her life. It’s not the worst flood she’s seen, but it is the coldest. She says the water is freezing, and the current extremely strong.

“It’s probably the only time in all the years I have been down here where I was like ‘get me back to the cottage’ because this is scary," said Appel.

Neighbors on Frentress Lake say the water is receding and the clean-up process is underway.

“You can see the brown silt that is settled because of the high water and if it dries it becomes very hard and kills the grass," said John Frommelt.

A lot of mess and a lot of work.

“We don’t like this, but we’ll do it because we like the other 95 percent of it," said Appel.

Either way, they all agree this is the good life.

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