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2019 Mississippi Flood Breaks Record in QCs

Credit https://www.weather.gov/media/dvn/Hydro/2019/CrestInfo_ALL_20190502.pdf / National Weather Service Quad Cities
National Weather Service Quad Cities
The latest crest information for the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities. See pdf below for crest information for all locations on the river between Dubuque and Hancock counties.

The Mississippi River in the Quad Cities has broken the all-time record crest set 26 years ago.

Late this morning, the river slowly rose to 7.64 feet above flood stage. That unofficially breaks the record of 7.63 feet over flood stage set on July 9th, 1993.

Meteorologist Rich Kinney, from the National Weather Service in Davenport, says snowmelt caused the first crest in early April.

But then it started raining over the weekend. Many locations received 2-3 inches in a short period of time, and that's what caused the water to rise even more that predicted.

Credit submitted / Rich Kinney
Rich Kinney
Rich Kinney, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Quad Cities National Weather Service

The river may fall about one foot over the weekend.

But then Kinney is worried about the potential for repeated rounds of heavy rainfall from Sunday through Wednesday.

He says no one should let their guard down because the Mississippi could start rising again next week.

The Quad Cities weather service is a "24-7 operation." Employees are very busy providing the "latest and best" information to many cities, counties, emergency managers, the news media, and others.

Its forecast area includes the Upper Mississippi River between Dubuque County, Iowa and Hancock County, Illinois.

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