Mississippi River

National Weather Service

Thanks to more rain in recent weeks, river levels around the Quad Cities are still above flood stage and not likely to fall much through next week.

River Levels Rising

Oct 2, 2019
National Weather Service

The predicted crest for the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities has been raised since Tuesday, but only by several tenths of a foot. The National Weather Service now says the river should rise from Wednesday's level of one foot below flood stage, and reach 2.3 feet over flood stage by Saturday. 

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Local governments in Illinois can now apply for federal funds to help pay for this year's flood fight. President Donald Trump has granted Governor J. B. Pritzker's request for a federal disaster declaration. It includes 27 counties in Illinois, including the Quad Cities area. So far, federal assistance for individuals is not included. 

On Midwest Week, how the long spring flood affected the Quad Cities River Bandits and a look back at their mostly successful season.

Scott County Board of Supervisors

The Quad Cities may take a different approach to promoting transportation and trade on the Mississippi River.

Police are trying to figure out what happened to a man from West Chicago, whose body was found Sunday afternoon in the Mississippi River near Andalusia. 

Anderson 400 Certification Team

Hundreds of acres near the Quad Cities, and overlooking the Mississippi River, are now ready for development. Wednesday Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds toured the property and officially added the Anderson Green Business Park to the state's list of "certified sites."

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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.

https://tinyurl.com/yxwc4mg3 / City of Davenport, Iowa

Technically, Davenport's temporary flood barrier failed because of a lack of friction, and the force of the Mississippi River overcame its weight. A new report says several other factors contributed to the breach on April 30th.

In May, the city asked the Corps of Engineers to investigate the cause of the failure. And the engineers have now presented their report to the Davenport City Council.

Michelle O'Neill reports.


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