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It's Been a Long Flood

National Weather Service Quad Cities

The Mississippi River in the Quad Cities dropped below major flood stage today, only for the second time this spring. 

In May, the river at Lock and Dam 15 broke the record for the longest period of time the Mississippi has been at or above 18 feet on consecutive days, 51 to be exact.

A couple weeks later, the river rose again and stayed in major flood stage for another 16 days, a total of 67 so far this year. 

Credit Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News
Jessica Brooks, US National Weather Service Hydrologist in the Quad Cities

Hydrologist Jessica Brooks, from the National Weather Service, says while the forecast includes some rain, it shouldn't cause the river to rise again this month in the Quad Cities.

But if heavy rain falls south of here, the river won't drop as quickly. 

She and her co-workers at the weather service in Davenport have not yet let down their guard.

Downstream from the Quad Cities, many communities continue to deal with flooding.

With the high water table and the soil still saturated, many permanent levees along the river are seeping, just because the river has been so high for so long.

Brooks expects the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities to fall to flood stage, 15 feet, probably early next week. So far, the number of days it's been above flood stage is 90.

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