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Davenport Flood Study Continues with Public Survey

Screenshot from the interactive map that's part of the public flood study survey
Credit National Weather Service / QC Drone, QC NWS
QC Drone, QC NWS

People affected by last year's record flood in Davenport are invited to tell the city about their experiences, and what they think about flood protection. 

Last summer, Davenport hired a consultant to complete a comprehensive flood study for all nine miles of Mississippi riverfront.

And this month, the city is asking the public to complete a survey about the 2019 flood, how it impacted them, and how people want to protect themselves, property, and other assets along the riverfront.

Nicole Gleason, Public Works Director, says the survey will help Davenport understand what residents, businesses, commuters, visitors, and others want. And their responses will help determine what flood control measures to install, and where. 

Anyone can complete the Davenport flood survey, not just people who live and work there. The survey about Davenport flooding and the riverfront is available HERE. It includes an interactive map that allows users to draw their own routes to work or where they use the riverfront trail for biking, fishing, bird-watching, and other activities. 

In addition, people who need assistance can take the survey at several locations. For example, city staff will be on hand at the Freight House Farmers Market on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Then next week, staff will also help people at Davenport libraries. 

Here's the schedule:

  • Freight House Farmers Market, Saturday, Nov. 14th, 8 a.m - 1 p.m
  • HyVee, Rockingham Rd., Thursday, Nov. 19th, 2 - 5 p.m.
  • Main Branch Library, Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • West Branch Library, Thursday, Nov. 19th 1 p.m. - 7 pm., Tuesday, Nov. 17th, 4 - 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18th, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • East Branch Library Wednesday, Nov. 18th 2 - 7 p.m.

Davenport's Water Pollution Control Plant is not part of this flood study. A different engineering firm has been hired to develop plans to protect it.

And Gleason says FEMA has reimbursed the city most of the $3.5 million dollars it applied for after last year's lengthy flood fight.

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