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Davenport Schedules Public Meetings as It Prepares for Mississippi River Flooding

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City of Davenport
flood media briefing

Davenport wants businesses and residents to be ready and informed about its flood protection plan.

Next week, the public works department will host two public meetings to tell them what to expect and when as the Mississippi River rises.

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Michelle O'Neill
Davenport Public Works Director, Nicole Gleason, discusses flood preparation.

Nicole Gleason, Davenport Public Works Director, says the first meeting will be held Monday afternoon at 4:30 at the police department. The second will be held Wednesday at 11 A.M. at City Hall.

"We have two floodplain managers with the city. We will have them on site, and so if any residents or businesses want one-on-one consultations in regards to if they should look at raising mechanicals, insurance questions, things like that."

After the record-setting flood four years ago, Davenport hired a consultant to create a Flood Resilience Study. The city council approved it in 2021. But most projects are still in the planning stage.

City of Davenport
Orange and blue lines show the detour from River Drive in Davenport

"We'd had several recommendations from the Army Corps (of Engineers) and those have all been incorporated into the flood plan. One of the differences people would maybe see is if we do have to set up the temporary flood wall, we would likely have a lot more no parking areas adjacent to the flood wall. That's probably the biggest difference."

Local forecasters say there's an 82% chance of major flooding on the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15. That's three feet above flood stage. The Quad Cities National Weather Service will release a fourth flood outlook on March 23rd.

For updates, check Be Prepared Davenport. And sign up for alerts HERE.

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