QC National Weather Service Flood Update for Tuesday
Hydrologist Matt Wilson has a little good news for cities and towns along the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois.
In the Quad Cities, the National Weather Service is now predicting a slightly lower crest compared to Monday's forecast. And it should arrive a little earlier.
Wilson closely watches the river in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and regularly talks with his colleagues there.
"We're getting more data from up north and LaCrosse, and they're seeing their crests come in few tenths of a foot lower. And they come in about a half day or so sooner. So we've kind of adjusted our times up a little bit and our crests down just a 'scooch' in the areas where we are forecasting crests right now."
The river at Lock and Dam 15 in the Quad Cities is forecast to start cresting around 6.6 feet above flood stage, or 21.6 feet, on Monday. That's one-tenth of a foot lower than Monday's forecast. Then the water is expected to rise a little more for a couple of days. (See crest/timing table above.)
Wilson also hopes the Mississippi doesn't stay high very long. The current forecast is for it to crest from May 1st through the 3rd.