Ice jams near Millville causing flooding in Clayton County, officials say

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - People across Iowa are dealing with flooding.

In Clayton County, the Turkey River had already crested in some areas Friday morning. It was lower than what the National Weather Service predicted.

Elkader crested at 18.45 feet at 9 p.m. Thursday. Garber crested at 25.6 feet at midnight.

The National Weather Service said the worst of the flooding will happen downstream from there.

The lower end of the Turkey River in Clayton County saw the most flooding.

The parking lots of the biker bar, Bootleggers, in Millville, flooded with about an inch of water inside. About 30 volunteers were helping to sandbag the business. They also had sump pumps going to get the water out.

The bar is closed until the water goes down.

Nick Glenis has owned Bootleggers for about a year and said he knew it was risky being that close to the river.

"A lot of people say lookout, beware. It's our first experience. We've never been through this before," he said.

Clayton County emergency officials said ice jams caused the Turkey River's water levels to rise.

Clayton county cities like Elkader are expected to crest at 23 feet. Their dike can handle up to 25 feet so they are only expecting some field flooding and downtown businesses may see flooding in their basements.
They, too, were concerned about ice jams.