Mississippi River Flood Response Updates

May 8, 2018

Update Monday, 5/14 11:00 A.M. The river has crested upstream from Fort Madison, Iowa. And the weather service expects it to crest at Keokuk and Gregory Landing today or Tuesday. Rain in this week's forecast may delay the length of a few crests, and slow the fall in water levels. But local meteorologists say the rain is not expected to significantly change the current crest forecasts. 

In the Quad Cities, the Mississippi at Lock and Dam 15 is 1.9 feet above flood stage and slowly falling. 

Update Friday, 5/11 3:30 P.M. In the Quad Cities, the Mississippi River is cresting 2.4 feet over flood stage. The National Weather Service says the water level will be steady through Saturday, then start to gradually fall.

Update Thurs. 5/10, 2:00 P.M. In the Quad Cities, the Mississippi River is forecast to crest early tomorrow morning around 2.5 feet above flood stage. Then the National Weather Service expects the water level to hold steady until early Sunday when it will begin to slowly fall.

(Previous version) Update Wed. 5/9, noon The Mississippi River is forecast to crest on Thursday 2.5 feet above flood stage.

Cities are protecting riverfront property with barriers and water pumps as the Mississippi River rises. Warnings are in effect for moderate flooding from Dubuque to the Quad Cities and Muscatine, with major flooding downstream to Burlington.

Flood alerts are also in effect for the Wapsi, Iowa, and Cedar rivers. Click HERE to find river forecasts on the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service page. 

Screenshot of the "forecast" tab of the AHPS page
Credit https://goo.gl/xSxhYs / Quad Cities National Weather Service

In Davenport, River Drive is closed between Iowa and Perry streets where city employees used Hesco baskets and sandbags to build a temporary levee. As the water rises, more streets will be closed near the river. Detours are in place for drivers to follow. 

A number of other roads are closed including South Concord, Beiderbecke, and Gaines Street south of River Drive.

Credit Island is closed, and the bike path is blocked by high water from the island to LeClaire Park.

But, Davenport's compost center is accessible by taking Rockingham Road and Wapello to Railroad Avenue. Modern Woodmen Park is open since its flood wall has been installed. River’s Edge, the Freight House, and Union Station will remain open for business. 

Hesco baskets on River Drive, Davenport, IA
Credit Tori Charnetzki / WVIK News

Click HERE for Davenport's flood response page. 

In Moline, River Drive is closed between 23rd and 55th streets. Businesses in the area may be reached from the south on intersecting streets. And Moline suggests drivers use 4th or 12th avenues, or Avenue of the Cities, to get across town. Click HERE for all road closures in Moline.

Interactive Maneuver Moline map shows where River Drive is close due to high water.
Credit https://goo.gl/s7NvgH / City of Moline

In Rock Island, employees have set up pumps downtown along the Mississippi River. So runners, bikers, and others should be careful on the bike path where hoses run across it. 

Rock Island's Schwiebert Park (Tues. 5/8)
Credit Mike Poletto / WVIK News

Part of Schwiebert Park is closed due to the high water. In addition, 18th Avenue at Potter’s Lake is closed. Sunset Marina will continue selling fuel, but its pumpout service is temporarily unavailable. The city has installed temporary walkways for people to get to their boats. 

In Bettendorf, water will start entering Leach Park when the river is two-and-a-half feet above flood stage. That'll probably happen late Wednesday or early Thursday.