Thanks to heavy rain upstream in recent weeks, minor to moderate flooding is now predicted for the Mississippi River.
The National Weather Service says the river will probably rise a foot and-a-half in Dubuque and reach flood stage Friday, then go up another foot by Sunday. At Clinton it should rise 2 feet between now and Sunday and reach flood stage, then go up an additional foot and crest on Tuesday.
The river is just one foot below flood stage Thursday in the Quad Cities, where it's expected to reach flood stage by Saturday night. By next Wednesday, the Mississippi should go up nearly two more feet.
And it's a similar forecast for Muscatine where the river is expected to reach flood stage by Saturday night, and then go up two more feet and crest next Wednesday.