Flooding Poses Traffic Challenges for Fireworks

July  02, 2013

Flooding will pose some challenges for this year's Red, White, and Boom celebration. Today, the Davenport Police Department announced River Drive east of Gaines Street will be open again tomorrow, but probably only to one lane of traffic. The road west of Gaines Street will remain closed because of high water. 

Police Chief Frank Donchez says the police and fire departments will also have extra patrols around the flooding in LeClaire Park. "I know you think it's easy. You know, you're gonna wade in the water, and let your kid play in the water. But it's a dangerous situation and we are absolutely asking that people do not go in the water down in LeClaire Park," he said.

He says the best place to watch the fireworks is anywhere there isn't water.

Drivers may want to avoid Centennial Bridge tomorrow. Between 9 a.m. and midnight, only one lane will be open in either direction to set up the fireworks display. It will be closed completely between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. during the event.

Donchez says patience will be the order of the day. "With that many people, obviously things don't always move as fast as you'd like them to move. So please be patient with your fellow citizens that are watching the event, and please be patient with your police officers who are giving you direction as they move forward. They're just trying to help you get out of here in a safe manner," he said.

Second Street in Davenport between Ripley and Harrison streets is closed today until Sunday, for both Red, White, and Boom and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival.