Flooding slams downtown Davenport, pushing all-time record


The city, which issued a state of emergency declaration Wednesday morning, plans to raise the height of flood gates and the levee will be raised as a precaution. The river's minor flood stage is 13 feet and the moderate flood stage is 14 feet.

But she and other officials expect the river that was bloated by heavy rains and snowmelt earlier this year to remain as such as the region heads into what is typically a wet stretch of spring.

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

The failure of a HESCO barrier at River Drive and Pershing Avenue caused floodwaters from the rising Mississippi River to spill into portions of downtown Davenport and led to the evacuation of several areas.

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

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City of Peoria crews will work to protect the River Station building first.

"It's pretty much the entire river, all the way to the Gulf of Mexico", Mike McClure, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Davenport, said Tuesday.

As well, the flood warning has been extended through Monday afternoon for the Tippecanoe River near Ora and Monday evening for the Yellow River in Knox.

Sandbagging begins Thursday on the Peoria riverfront as the Illinois River pushes past flood stage. Officials said Champ Clark Bridge at Louisiana could also be forced to close if the water gets too high, and several roads along the river have already closed on both sides of the Mississippi. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at 22.2 feet - just inches below the record of 22.6 feet set in 1993.