McGregor and
Marquette, Iowa

2001 Flood

Downtown McGregor
Sandbags in downtown McGregor. Water in the street came from sump pumps in downtown buildings, April 24.

McGregor and Marquette, Iowa are located across the Mississippi from Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Flood crest 23.75 feet, Friday, April 20, 2001 (second highest on record).
River at about 22.5 feet on April 24, when these photos were taken.

Damage: In both towns, temporary dikes kept floodwater out of the historic downtown areas, where there are many antique and specialty shops. Some downtown buildings had basement water from seepage. The Holiday Shores motel in McGregor flooded. The Isle of Capri casino was not damaged, but was forced to close because the road to it was closed. It has since reopened.

Many businesses in the historic downtown areas of these towns remained open during the flood. Other businesses are seasonal, and most of these should open as scheduled.

All photos on this page copyright © Alan and Mary Ann Draves.
The Holiday Shores Motel in McGregor had an indoor pool...
Holiday Shores

Holiday Shores
...in all the first-floor rooms. Sign on motel said "We will be back."

Sandbags and a National Guard Humvee in downtown Marquette.
Marquette

Marquette
Flooding along Hwy. 18 west of Marquette.

The Isle of Capri casino is on a riverboat and rode out the flood. The casino closed during the flood because access roads were closed.
Casino


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McGregor/Marquette Links

Online Information for Marquette, McGregor, Prairie du Chien
McGregor/Marquette Area Guide
River Roads - McGregor and Marquette
National Weather Service Lacrosse WI Hydrology Page


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