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FEMA website / FEMA Region VII

Federal officials are encouraging flood victims in Scott and Louisa counties to register for financial assistance. This week, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, have joined the Salvation Army, Red Cross, and state agencies at the Flood Donation and Distribution Center in Davenport. It's located in the old Office Max store near North Park Mall.

On Midwest Week, property taxes, sports betting, and how to nominate judges were were just a few of the issues covered by this year's session of the Iowa legislature.

http://i74riverbridge.com/pdfs/traffic/i74_map_stage2b_bettendorf.pdf / I-74 Mississippi River Bridge project website

Update: The Iowa DOT says the change in the detour will be postponed until Monday (5/20/2019) due to the rain. 

(Original story)

Part of the I-74 detour in Bettendorf is expected to change today. Weather permitting this afternoon, the bridge project team will divert all west-bound traffic from Grant Street to 14th Street, instead of Kimberly Road.

https://www.weather.gov/images/dvn/Past_Events/2019/Flood_Pic/location.png / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

People who live and work along East 2nd Street in downtown Davenport are dealing with high water in their buildings after Tuesday afternoon's levee breach.

Michelle O'Neill reports the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities may tie the record crest set during the Great Flood of 1993.


submitted / Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District

MetroLINK and Moline Mayor Stephanie Acri will celebrate mass transit tomorrow in the Quad Cities and Chicago. Along with hundreds of transportation agencies across the country, they'll participate in "Get On Board Day."

WVIK News / WVIK Quad Cities NPR

After removing four members of the group, Mayor Frank Klipsch has filled the empty seats on the Davenport Civil Rights Commission. 

WVIK News

As Congress debates how to manage flooding and pay for damages, a federal agency plans to change the way flood insurance rates are calculated. It'll affect how much homeowners pay in premiums. And it may reduce the burden on taxpayers who frequently have to bail out the National Flood Insurance Program.

Michelle O'Neill reports next year, the program will implement what FEMA officials call, Risk Rating 2.0.

For decades, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has based flood insurance rates on one factor - whether a home is located in or out of a flood plain. 

Read the Public Version of the Mueller Report

Apr 18, 2019
https://tinyurl.com/y2c7v7d9 / Barnes & Noble

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller's report has been released, at least in redacted form, retailers are trying to cash in on it.

Teepublic.com is selling redacted T-shirts (left). And publishers are already selling it as a book. But you can read it now (see file below). 

WVIK News

Dick Durbin wants to slow down the ever-increasing cost of health care. Wednesday, at UnityPoint Health Trinity Hospital in Rock Island, Illinois' senior US Senator talked about three bills he's sponsoring to control drug prices. 

submitted / City of Muscatine, Iowa

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Muscatine County.

Information about continued flooding, closures, and detours in Muscatine is detailed in the document below.

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