Flood Reaches Record Level at Quad Cities

Muriel Hammond
Мая 5, 2019

Friday morning, the National Weather Service was projecting the Mississippi River at Chester to rise to 43.6 feet by Monday.

On Tuesday, part of a temporary levee called a HESCO barrier broke and caused the Mississippi River to flow into parts of downtown. The river at the Quad Cities has been at major flood stage or higher for 41 consecutive days.

"We have a lot to deal with", Baldwin said. He predicted only scattered showers in the area Wednesday.

"As far as Rock Island is concerned, the stars kind of aligned to where they got rain right on top of what was already cresting near the record", Palmer said.

At least five deaths are attributed to this week's flooding and severe weather.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reported injuries.

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Flooding also claimed the life of a camper who was found Wednesday after he was caught in waters from an overflowed creek near the town of Ava, also in southwest Missouri.

Images on social media showed the downtown area of Davenport, Iowa underwater, directly across a narrow stretch of the MS from Rock Island. "We are totally unprotected".

Public works employees in Alton erected a barrier wall Thursday after a Mississippi River surge closed roadways.

Area lawmakers are headed to Davenport Friday to tour the flooding.

The National Weather Service projects the river will reach 12 1/2 feet above flood stage in St. Louis, which would leave it lapping at the steps of the Gateway Arch grounds. Officials say the levee is so long that sandbagging isn't an option. But the high water could bring a mandatory halt to river traffic, including barges.

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