Friday Update: Mississippi River Keeps Falling
The Mississippi River is falling but won't drop within its banks in the Quad Cities for a week or more.
In Dubuque and Bellevue, the water has dropped to moderate flood stage. It should do the same at Fulton by tomorrow (Sat) morning. The river at Camanche should fall to moderate stage on Sunday, then at LeClaire Monday afternoon.
Hydrologist Matt Wilson from the National Weather Service says the Mississippi in the Quad Cities is forecast to fall to moderate flood stage Tuesday.
"So by Monday, we do expect every location from Dubuque to LeClaire to be at the moderate flood stage. And then from Rock Island down to Burlington, we'll still will maintain that major flooding.
The river is falling about as fast as Wilson expected. "It's definitely moving on a quicker clip than we've seen in other times in the past. But without additional rainfall, this was kind of the expectation. It is just about as fast as it came up. It's going down just as fast and came home. So, when you look at a full hydrographic, kind of makes it look like a mirror image from the crest."
Some locations north of the Quad Cities are forecast to get one-and-a-half inches of rain over the next three days. But Wilson says most of the rain will be absorbed by normal to dry soils, and it shouldn't have an impact on flooding.