Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Research | By Sheri Schwartz

Mississippi River in Quad Cities Has Reached Record Level

Mississippi River in Quad Cities Has Reached Record Level

The Mississippi River is at record levels in some areas causing flooding in several river front towns.

Parts of downtown Davenport remained underwater Thursday after the river tore through a temporary barrier. The Davenport Police Department urges drivers not to attempt to drive through flood waters. "The Quad Cities has an unsinkable spirit that the deepest flood waters will never extinguish, and, like its baseball team, this community will never give up and never give in - even in the most challenging of circumstances".

The latest estimate is $70 million more than the initial estimate issued last month.

The river reached a height of 22.64 feet, just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993.

Unlike cities such as Muscatine downstream, Davenport doesn't have a permanent floodwall, opting instead for an open, picturesque riverfront. The river is expected to crest Wednesday night a few inches short of the record.

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

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

The Mississippi River in the Quad Cities reached an all-time record high Thursday, May 2, 2019, at 5:50 pm.

The fast-rising Mississippi River on Thursday neared levels unseen since the historic 1993 flood - and topped it in at least one place - as the bulging Big Muddy threatened levees and forced a Missouri town's residents to head for higher ground.

Now the level is at 18.18 feet and predicted to rise to 24 feet on Thursday at 1:00 pm.

The Memorial Bridge connecting Quincy, Illinois, and West Quincy, Missouri, closed Wednesday, forcing all traffic to take the only other bridge in Quincy.

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

Along the Osage River, high waters are inundating campsites at the Mari-Osa Campground.

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