River Levels Rising
The predicted crest for the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities has been raised since Tuesday, but only by several tenths of a foot. The National Weather Service now says the river should rise from Wednesday's level of one foot below flood stage, and reach 2.3 feet over flood stage by Saturday.
Downstream at Keithsburg and Burlington, the Mississippi is expected to crest on Monday about 3 feet over flood stage.
Minor flooding is already occurring along the Rock River - at Joslin it's one foot over flood stage and should rise two more feet by Sunday. At Moline, the river is just a couple of tenths of a foot over flood stage with a crest predicted for Sunday about one foot over flood stage.
Rock Island has started preparing for the weekend crest of the Mississippi. Some sections of the riverfront bike path will be closed by high water, and 18th Avenue at Skafidas Parkway will close on Friday.