Flood cleanup

Matt Cooper, of the City of Dubuque, cleans an area of the American Trust River’s Edge Plaza on Wednesday after the receding Mississippi River left mud and debris.

The Mississippi River at Dubuque is expected to soon dip below its flood stage for the first time in nearly three months. 

Forecasters predict the river will drop below the 17-foot flood stage at the railroad bridge on Thursday -- after a record 85 days above that mark.

“The first time it rose above flood stage was March 20,” said David Sheets, a meteorologist with the Quad Cities office of the National Weather Service.

The previous record for continuous days above flood stage was a 34-day stretch in 2011, according to the weather service.

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