Davenport officials say permanent flooding would hinder view of Mississippi River

Davenport officials say permanent flooding would hinder view of Mississippi River

The NWS already issued flood warnings for areas directly on either side of the river in 10 states, from Minnesota and Wisconsin south to Louisiana and Mississippi.

Officials and volunteers scrambled to fill sandbags Tuesday afternoon to get to downtown business owners hoping to keep floodwaters out.

Published: April 30, 2019, 5:20 p.m. Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said at a news conference Wednesday that the city has 9 miles (14 kilometers) of riverfront, making the prospect of a floodwall to protect all of it outlandishly expensive.

The Mississippi River ticked above levels reached in 1993 in Davenport, Iowa, the highest level there in 157 years.

With flood recovery in high gear along the Missouri River, Iowa's other high-water bookend is taking aim at Davenport.

Below is a listing of river stages and forecasts compiled by the Chicago National Weather Service office.

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At Cape Girardeau, the river was expected to rise to 45.5 feet by Tuesday, just three and a half feet shy of the record crest set in 2016.

"We've been through this before", West Alton Emergency Management Director Gary Machens told the Associated Press.

While there are no major flood concerns in the Fox Valley, our sister station WCSJ reports that the Illinois River in Morris could see historic levels.

The Air Force is raising its cost estimate to $420 million to fix and replace structures damaged at Nebraska's Offutt Air Force Base following severe flooding that inundated buildings with water.

The National Weather Service says the river at Davenport reached a level of 21.88 feet by 5 p.m. - the fifth highest level recorded at the spot.

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