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After flash flooding and sewer overflows on Monday (Memorial Day), Davenport is preparing for more rain this week. Currently the Mississippi River is 3.4 feet above flood stage and forecast to rise to about six feet above flood stage by Saturday. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

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

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.

https://www.weather.gov/images/dvn/Past_Events/2019/Flood_Pic/location.png / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

People who live and work along East 2nd Street in downtown Davenport are dealing with high water in their buildings after Tuesday afternoon's levee breach.

Michelle O'Neill reports the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities may tie the record crest set during the Great Flood of 1993.


Community Action of Eastern Iowa

Clinton County has been added to the list of Iowa Counties considered state disaster areas. That means Clinton County residents can apply for aid from the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program.   

https://www.weather.gov/media/dvn/sitreport/SitReport1.pdf / National Weather Service Quad Cities

After accurately predicting spring flooding on local rivers, the National Weather Service in Davenport is forecasting a second crest on the Mississippi.

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As Congress debates how to manage flooding and pay for damages, a federal agency plans to change the way flood insurance rates are calculated. It'll affect how much homeowners pay in premiums. And it may reduce the burden on taxpayers who frequently have to bail out the National Flood Insurance Program.

Michelle O'Neill reports next year,* the program will implement what FEMA officials call, Risk Rating 2.0.

For decades, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has based flood insurance rates on one factor - whether a home is located in or out of a flood plain. 

submitted / City of Muscatine, Iowa

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has issued a disaster proclamation for Muscatine County.

Information about continued flooding, closures, and detours in Muscatine is detailed in the document below.

https://www.weather.gov/media/dvn/sitreport/SitReport1.pdf / Quad Cities National Weather Service

It's a little too cold for boating, fishing, paddling, and rowing on the Mississippi River.

But Michelle O'Neill reports the Coast Guard is working with local, state, and federal agencies to help keep everyone safe during the spring flood.

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