Davenport officials say permanent flooding would hinder view of Mississippi River
01:26, May 4, 2019
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Rivers and streams across northeast IL into northwest IN all are on the rise, many IN flood or nearing bank full this Wednesday morning.
Upstream, the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities in Iowa and IL reached a new record high Thursday according to our sister station WGEM.
The HESCO Group said it has investigators on the ground looking into what caused a temporary flood barrier to fail in Davenport Tuesday flooding portions of downtown.
The Mississippi River ticked above levels reached in the historic 1993 flood in Davenport, Iowa, making it the highest level there in 157 years.
A former river walk in Naperville, Illinois turned into a river.
Two Mississippi River bridges - one at Quincy, Illinois, and another at Louisiana, Missouri, have been forced to close.
All along the Mississippi River, communities continue to sandbag in an attempt to stave off floodwaters. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at 22.2 feet - just inches below the record of 22.6 feet set in 1993.
Parts of an eastern Iowa city were under several feet of flood water yesterday after a major levee breach yesterday, forcing evacuations.
"We've been through this before", West Alton Emergency Management Director Gary Machens told the Associated Press.
Below is a listing of river stages and forecasts compiled by the Chicago National Weather Service office. A man was killed in Missouri earlier the week after being swept away by flash flooding and three others died in Oklahoma.
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