Quad Cities National Weather Service

For the second year in a row, the risk of major flooding on the Mississippi River is high. Today, the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities released its first Spring Flood Outlook.

Michelle O'Neill reports the agency held a press conference at its office in Davenport following last year's record flood. 

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A flood-prone neighborhood in Bettendorf will soon lose some more of its residents. Last week, the city received a federal grant that will allow it to buy out up to 22 homes near Duck Creek.

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Even though Disaster Loan Outreach Centers have closed, Illinois residents affected by flooding may still apply for low interest loans.

Last month, the Small Business Administration issued a disaster declaration for Rock Island, Stephenson, Jersey, and Alexander counties (with eligibility applying to those four counties and 13 adjacent counties). The agency operated four outreach centers through late last week.

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Most local governments in the Quad Cities are waiting for checks from FEMA to help pay for flood expenses.

Because Davenport's application is more complicated, employees continue to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to document and apply for Public Assistance.

Michelle O'Neill reports presidential disaster declarations for Illinois and Iowa insure cities and counties will get at least some help paying the bills.

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Workers from a federal agency will be on hand through early next month to help people impacted by flooding. Starting tomorrow, the US Small Business Administration will open four Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Illinois. 

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Following this year's record-setting flood, a study will soon begin on how to protect Davenport's Water Pollution Control Plant. An engineering firm has been hired to develop plans and cost estimates.

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The US Small Business Adminstration has issued a disaster declaration for Illinois.

Michelle O'Neill reports, the designation should help households and businesses recover from record flooding earlier this year.

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This wet, cold weather does not bode well for the chances of flooding next spring.

Michelle O'Neill reports meteorologists at the National Weather Service in the Quad Cities are concerned because current, high river levels and precipitation this fall already point to an increased risk of spring flooding.

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People in Illinois won't get any help from FEMA to recover from this year's record-breaking floods. Unless the federal agency changes its mind after an appeal from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

Michelle O'Neill reports.