City of Dubuque News Release

Free, Filled Sandbags Available for Dubuque County Residents and Businesses

John Klostermann, Public Works Director

April 1, 2019 -- For Immediate Release

DUBUQUE, Iowa – The National Weather Service is predicting the Mississippi River will exceed the “major” flood stage of 21.5 feet in Dubuque this week and reach 22.6 feet by Friday, April 5.  As a result of this major flood stage projection, the City of Dubuque is offering free, filled sandbags to Dubuque County residents and businesses that may be impacted by Mississippi River floodwaters. 

Flood stage for the river is 17 feet and major flood stage is 21.5 feet.  If the river does reach 22.6 feet this weekend, it would be the tenth-highest crest in Dubuque and the highest since 2011. 

City of Dubuque Public Works Director John Klostermann said that, while the majority of Dubuque is protected from the Mississippi River by the John C. Culver Floodwall, there are properties above, below, and on the east side of the floodwall that may be impacted.  “We have a supply of sandbags available for residents and businesses that may want to sandbag in preparation for the predicted crest.”

Residents and businesses interested receiving sandbags should contact the City of Dubuque Public Works Department for additional details at 563.589.4250 or

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