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As cities and counties figure out how much money they spent fighting this year's record-setting flood, the Corps of Engineers and two other groups are working on long term solutions.

Michelle O'Neill reports Mississippi River communities and five states are taking a different approach to managing the river and preventing flood damage.

Davenport Ponders a Wall It Has Long Rejected

Jul 29, 2019
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Hundreds of communities line the Mississippi River on its 2,348-mile journey to the Gulf of Mexico, but Davenport, Iowa, stands out for the simple reason that people there can actually dip their toes in the river without scaling a flood wall, levee or other impediment.

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The Mississippi River may be back within its banks. But FEMA is reminding Iowa residents they only have one week to register for to get federal help with flood recovery.

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The Mississippi River in the Quad Cities dropped below major flood stage today, only for the second time this spring. 

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During this year's record-breaking flood, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative is promoting solutions to deal with the increased frequency and severity of floods, plus the damage they cause.

Michelle O'Neill reports one possibility is for Congress to create a revolving loan fund for identifying, restoring, and creating wetlands within the Mississippi River basin.

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Starting Monday, the Flood Donation and Distribution Center will no longer be open at the former Office Max store in Davenport. Instead, the donation center will move to the Salvation Army's locations in Davenport and Moline. (Other agencies such as FEMA and the SBA will not move.)

Oh No, Not Again !

May 24, 2019
National Weather Service

After several days of no change, the Mississippi River is starting to rise again, and should reach well into what's considered "major flooding" by early next week.

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Federal officials are encouraging flood victims in Scott and Louisa counties to register for financial assistance. This week, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, have joined the Salvation Army, Red Cross, and state agencies at the Flood Donation and Distribution Center in Davenport. It's located in the old Office Max store near North Park Mall.

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Scott County is asking for more volunteers to help people and businesses recover from the flood. 

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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.