Flooding slams downtown Davenport, pushing all-time record

Flooding slams downtown Davenport, pushing all-time record

Upstream, the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities in Iowa and IL reached a new record high Thursday according to our sister station WGEM.

The Mississippi River crested in Davenport Wednesday night at 22.39 feet. The sudden flooding left many people trapped in their homes and vehicles.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reports of injuries.

People are encouraged people to avoid downtown Davenport if possible.

"This is a couple blocks of one part of our city".

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Grundy County EMA Director Joe Schroeder said if you reside or work in a flood prone area, he strongly suggests you develop a plan of action now so that if you must evacuate, you will have access to get out before becoming flooded in.

Mandatory evacuations will be put into place once the river reaches 24.6 feet.

Jon Erdman, weather.com senior meteorologist, noted that the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois, across the river from Davenport, first rose above flood stage on March 15 as water from melting snow in upstream tributaries flowed into the Mississippi River.

The National Weather Service website on Thursday afternoon showed the river level at 22.64 feet, just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993. The weather service forecasts a crest of 35.5 feet by Sunday or Monday in Alton.

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