Flooding slams downtown Davenport, pushing all-time record

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Published: Apr. 30, 2019 at 5:26 PM CDT
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Officials in Davenport, Iowa, say they’re not expecting flooding that swept into a section of downtown Tuesday to spread much beyond the couple of blocks already under water.

Davenport Public Works Director Nicole Gleason says one flood barrier failed along the river, swamping vehicles and buildings along part of the Mississippi River’s edge. Gleason says as long as the other barriers hold and rain overnight is not heavier than expected, much of the flooding should be contained to a few blocks.

Officials and volunteers scrambled to fill sandbags Tuesday afternoon to get to downtown business owners hoping to keep floodwaters out.

The National Weather Service says the river at Davenport reached a level of 21.88 feet by 5 p.m. – the fifth highest level recorded at the spot. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at 22.2 feet – just inches below the record of 22.6 feet set in 1993.

Mayor Frank Klipsch says no one was injured Tuesday in the flooding.


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

DAVENPORT, Iowa (WIFR) -- The Mississippi River is flooding downtown Davenport, Iowa after a levee breach Tuesday afternoon, WQAD


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

FEMA says the Mississippi River is expected to crest Wednesday at more than 22 feet, approaching an all-time record set in 1993.

People are encouraged people to avoid downtown Davenport if possible. There are several traffic delays in the area right now.

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