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Quad Cities Flooding after Barrier Breach from Mississippi River

1 May 2019, 7:35 am

[Image from US Army Garrison-Rock Island Arsenal via Twitter]

A flash flood engulfed parts of downtown Davenport, Iowa, on Tuesday evening, after a temporary barrier designed to hold back water from the Mississippi River failed. The rapid rise of flood waters has ended, but some of the downtown area is still inundated with water.

Emergency services, including the Davenport Fire Department, worked to evacuate and relocate residents and workers from affected homes and shops. Crews evacuated people from cars and buildings as water levels rose and pushed through the downtown. Some residents and business owners went to rooftops for shelter. Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reports of injuries.

Authorities warned locals to steer clear of the floodwater which had been contaminated by local sewage systems, according to a statement from Davenport Public Works.

Many roads have been closed in the Quad Cities and areas along the Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri.

Here is a look at river flood forecasts from the Quad Cities National Weather Service, along with record crests. Mississippi River waters will likely continue to rise over the next few days, with flooding continuing. Some locations may see record flood levels.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels