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National Weather Service

It was a wet fall in the Quad Cities. The National Weather Service recorded 13.3 inches of rain during September, October, and November. 

https://www.weather.gov/media/dvn/Hydro/NWSQuadCitiesAdvancedSpringFloodOutlook_112019.pdf / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

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.

National Weather Service

After falling three quarters of a foot since Sunday, the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities is expected to hold at half a foot above flood stage into next week.

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.

https://www.weather.gov/dvn/Climate_Monthly_08_2019 / Quad Cities National Weather Service

After a wet spring, the Quad Cities area had a dry summer. Meteorologist David Sheets, from the National Weather Service in Davenport, says August was slightly cooler on average, and it rained slightly less than usual. 

https://www.weather.gov/dvn/drought / National Weather Service of the Quad Cities

The National Weather Service Drought Monitor says the Quad Cities area is "abnormally dry" to in a state of "moderate drought."

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

The head of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce is making it clear, Davenport businesses want the city to take quick action on long term flood protection.

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Finally, the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities has fallen below flood stage for the first time since March 15th. Tuesday around 5 p.m., the water dropped below 15 feet.

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The Mississippi River is still well above flood stage, but should begin to fall soon in the Quad Cities. The National Weather Service says the river is now 5.7 feet over flood stage here, and should start dropping this weekend, falling as much as three feet by next weekend.

Benjamin Payne / WVIK News

The Mississippi River in the Quad Cities has broken the all-time record crest set 26 years ago.

Late this morning, the river slowly rose to 7.64 feet above flood stage. That unofficially breaks the record of 7.63 feet over flood stage set on July 9th, 1993.

Meteorologist Rich Kinney, from the National Weather Service in Davenport, says snowmelt caused the first crest in early April.

But then it started raining over the weekend. Many locations received 2-3 inches in a short period of time, and that's what caused the water to rise even more that predicted.

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