Mississippi River causing major flooding across the Midwest

Pablo Tucker
May 4, 2019

Update: The Flash Flood Watch in the Fox Valley for Thursday has now been cancelled.

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 crested in Davenport Wednesday night at 22.39 feet.


A meteorologist says there's not much risk of rainfall heavy enough to further raise the Mississippi River flood threat in eastern Iowa. He asked that people stay away from downtown while officials work to evacuate the area.

The gauge in nearby Muscatine showed the river just under 3 feet below the July 1993 record of 25.6 feet.

Deadly flooding from heavy rains and snow melt plagued areas from MI to the South, damaging homes and sending the Mississippi River in one spot to levels not reached in 157 years.


The Davenport breach came as communities in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota have prepared for record or near-record crests along the river.

In West Alton, Missouri, which sits about 20 miles north of St. Louis, residents were under a voluntary evacuation as the river was expected to crest a half-foot higher than the levee can hold.

The weather service's warning on Tuesday was lifted at about 7:30 p.m., but Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds thinks the situation could be worse Wednesday.


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