Mississippi River floods Iowa’s 3rd largest city

Mississippi River floods Iowa’s 3rd largest city
Davenport, Iowa is experiencing record flooding from the Mississippi River. Photo taken May 2, 2019.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The Mississippi River will reach its highest level on record in the Quad Cities of Iowa and Illinois Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, the Mississippi River is expected to crest Thursday evening at 22.7 feet. That’s higher than the flooding that struck the area in 1993, which was 22.63 feet.

Due to this record flooding, a temporary levee gave way, causing flooding to impact buildings along the river in downtown Davenport, Iowa.

This is a live look at flooding in Davenport, Iowa where barriers for the Mississippi River have failed.

Posted by WMC Action News 5 on Thursday, May 2, 2019

According to our sister station, KWQC in Davenport, damage in the city is widespread as the water rose into the city by a couple of blocks and will likely cause hundreds of thousands to repair. That does not include the private property damage costs.

KWQC reports that there was no notice when the flood way broke, impacting both businesses and residences in the area.

Quad City officials are preparing for the mighty river to rise, and the possibility of a wet spring could see an already swollen Mississippi River pushed higher out of its banks.

The National Weather Service is expecting to reach rare heights in Missouri. The projected flood would be the fourth worst ever in St. Louis, Clarksville and the third worst ever in Hannibal.

All this water will flow toward Memphis and the Mid-South. The good news is our wide flood plane will handle the excess water.

The National Weather Service in Memphis shows we will stay below minor flood stage over the next few weeks.

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