Climate Change and the Future of Davenport

May 18, 2019

Moline Parks and Recreation Department

Following this spring's record flood, the Ben Butterworth Parkway in Moline will stay closed until further notice.

Rock Island County Waste Management Agency

Residents of the Illinois Quad Cities will be able to get rid of insecticides, anti-freeze, and other dangerous substances this weekend. The Illinois EPA and the Rock Island County Waste Management Agency will host a free, household hazardous material collection day on Saturday. 

US Army Corps of Engineers

On Sunday, the Mississippi River at in the Quad Cities fell below major flood stage after being at or above major flood stage for 51 days in a row. That sets a new record for the longest period of time the Mississippi has been at or higher than 18 feet on consecutive days.

Hydrologist Jessica Brooks, from the National Weather Service in Davenport, says that's nearly three weeks longer than the previous record of 31 days set in 2001.

This year, a snowy winter and lots of rain up north led to the new record.

Brooks says 51 days is also significantly longer than the record for the total number of days the Mississippi at Lock and Dam 15 was at or above flood stage, consecutive or not. During the Great Flood of 1993, that number was 37 and occurred from late April through July.

Art Along the River - Dick Stahl

May 11, 2019

https://www.arconic.com/eaglecam/ / Arconic Eagle Camera

High water has affected a family of eagles at Arconic's Davenport Works. Don't worry, parents "Liberty" and "Justice" and their two eaglets are fine. But you can't view their nest online anymore.

Civic leaders along the Mississippi River are bracing for near-record flood levels in the coming days and weeks.

Mayors in Missouri and Illinois say federal programs that aim to prevent flood damage need more funding to adequately support river towns that face evacuation and income loss.

Flooding in Alton is expected to crest next week at 35.2 feet, the fifth-highest flood level on record, according to the National Weather Service. The river at Grafton is expected to reach the fourth-highest flood level on record for the city. River levels at both Illinois towns are expected to exceed levees and rise within 10 feet of historic levels reached during the Great Flood of ’93.

Comparing the 1993 Flood

May 4, 2019

National Weather Service

We shouldn't get our hopes up too much, but the Mississippi River has started to fall in the Quad Cities. After setting a new all-time record crest on Thursday at 7.7 feet over flood stage, the river has dropped two-tenths of a foot.

Some residents of Rapids City have been advised to leave their homes because of continued flooding in the village by the Mississippi River. But so far it's just a suggestion that they evacuate voluntarily.