July 07, 2014
The worst may be over for the latest round of flooding by rivers in this area. The Mississippi, Rock, and Wapsipinicon all crested on Friday, and have started to fall.
In the Quad Cities, the Mississippi River peaked at 5.9 feet over flood stage on Friday and has dropped one foot since then. The National Weather Service now expects it will drop another foot by Wednesday. The crest at 5.9 feet over flood stage ranks as the 6th highest ever - slightly ahead of 2011, and about half a foot below 2008. The Mississippi also crested in Dubuque on Friday 2 1/2 feet over flood stage at Lock and Dam 11. It's more than half a foot lower today and should reach flood stage by Thursday.
In Moline, the Rock River crested on Friday 2 feet above flood stage. It has since dropped nearly to flood stage and should continue to fall slowly. And the Wapsi River at Dewitt reached 2 1/2 feet over flood stage on July 4th. It's fallen about one foot since then, and should hold at this level for a couple of days.
(photo: River Drive at Main Street in Davenport, looking toward the skybridge on July 3)