Breather for Davenport? Heavy rain not expected

James Marshall
May 2, 2019

City officials are asking both locals and travelers to avoid downtown Davenport as recovery efforts continue.

"The temporary flood protection levee that they put in place failed this afternoon and it's inundating a portion of downtown Davenport", Scott County Emergency Management Director told The Weather Channel. Erickson reports the flooding in downtown Davenport spread around 15 square blocks.

Scattered showers are in the forecast for Wednesday, but National Weather Service meteorologist Alex Gibbs said chances of a thunderstorm system that could bring heavy rain are "pretty low".

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reported injuries.

Never drive vehicles through flooded areas.

The Mississippi River will reach its highest level on record in the Quad Cities on Thursday.

Some areas of Iowa and IL were under a Flash Flood Warning after heavy rain.

The river is forecast to crest Thursday evening at 22.7 feet, that's higher than the 1993 level of 22.63 feet.

Water that high also could threaten levees that protect thousands of acres of farmland.

Published: April 30, 2019, 5:20 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the Mississippi River at Davenport was recorded at 21.88 feet - the fifth highest for the spot ever recorded, according the National Weather Service.

The river will rise above flood stage Wednesday afternoon and crest near 12.9 feet around 8 a.m. Friday, May 3, and fall below flood stage around 5 a.m. Sunday, May 5. It's expected to crest a little more than a foot under the record at Muscatine, where officials have placed new berms and are diverting downtown traffic.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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