Quad Cities area residents may need to prepare for more rain

May  28, 2013

In Moline, public works employees are clearing mud, rocks, and litter from streets from rainfall over Memorial Day weekend. Doug House, Municipal Services General Manager, says many storm drains are clogged with debris because so much water came down so fast. Moline has lots of ravines, and the water caused significant erosion.

Given the rainy forecast for tonight, he says the public works department just wants to make sure nothing stops the water from draining into the city's storm sewers. In addition, River Drive in Moline is open, and currently House does not think the Mississippi River will rise high enough to reach it.

Several parts of River Drive in Davenport were closed overnight, along with a few streets near Duck Creek. In the event of more flash flooding, a city spokeswoman says drivers should follow the detours or find different routes. Yesterday, Davenport had advice for residents who live along creeks and in low-lying areas. The city told them to move household items and cars to higher ground. And all electrical appliances that may get wet should be unplugged in case of flooding.

The City of Bettendorf also encouraged people who live along Duck Creek to move their possessions out of harm's way, and residents were asked to disconnect electrical outlets or powerstrips on lower levels of their homes. 

And as always, the National Weather Service says when motorists come upon water over the road, "turn around, don't drown." Here's a link to the National Weather Service flood briefing page for northwestern Illinois and eastern Iowa.