Mississippi River Crests Expected Sunday & Monday at LeClaire & Quad Cities
Dubuque, Bellevue Set 3rd Highest Crests on Saturday.
The National Weather Service says the river in the Quad Cities is on track to crest Monday afternoon 6.6 feet above flood stage or 21.6 feet.
Here's what Hydrologist Matt Wilson focused on during his daily flood risk upade today (quoted from his presentation).
• The spring flood risk is still well above normal for the Mississippi River and near normal for the tributaries.
• We have crested at Dubuque and Bellevue, IA and anticipate crests all the way to Le Claire, IA by late this evening.
• There was a report of a minor levee break near Green Island WMA on the Maquoketa River. The levee protected a wildlife refuge and there are no impacts to roads or homes reported.
• High water on the Mississippi is backing up smaller creeks and tributaries, though this should not cause flooding alone. Those areas would need to be monitored if we received a heavy precipitation event.
• It will be windy and turning colder this weekend. Gusts up to 45 MPH are possible today and perhaps higher tomorrow. Wind created waves on the mainstem could cause shore erosion. Something to monitor today and into Monday.