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RI Flood Prep

City of Rock Island

Even though it has a floodwall, the City of Rock Island continues to prepare for flooding by the Mississippi River, including installing pumps and closing gatewells.

As the river rises to a weekend crest about 3 1/2 feet over flood stage, the city has put  several water pump discharge hoses across the bike path. Portions of the bike path are also closed due to the high water and will remain closed until the river level falls below one foot over flood stage. 

18th Avenue at Potter’s Lake is closed. And Sunset Park will be closed to drive-through traffic by late on Tuesday.

Temporary flood panels will be installed at Schwiebert Riverfront Park Tuesday and Wednesday. The boat docks at Schwiebert Park will be closed during the flood.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.