HESCO to investigate what caused barrier failure leading to downtown Davenport flooding

Firefighters walk a rescue boat down West River Drive along the freight house in Davenport on Tuesday April 30

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

The Mississippi River ticked above levels reached in 1993 in Davenport, Iowa, the highest level there in 157 years. "That could change with heavy rain".

The Mississippi River at Chester on Friday was at almost 37 feet with the weather service forecasting it to crest at more than 43 feet by Monday.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reported injuries.

People are encouraged people to avoid downtown Davenport if possible.

Grundy County EMA Director Joe Schroeder said if you reside or work in a flood prone area, he strongly suggests you develop a plan of action now so that if you must evacuate, you will have access to get out before becoming flooded in.

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

Ahead of this historic flooding, in the midst of the heavy rains, hundreds of volunteers worked to reinforce the levees and barriers, but it wasn't enough to keep the mighty Mississippi River at bay. The NWS already issued flood warnings for areas directly on either side of the river in 10 states, from Minnesota and Wisconsin south to Louisiana and Mississippi.

Rivers and streams across northeast IL into northwest IN all are on the rise, many IN flood or nearing bank full this Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service says the river at Davenport reached a level of 21.88 feet by 5 p.m. - the fifth highest level recorded at the spot.

The town of West Alton, Missouri, home to about 500 residents, is under a voluntary evacuation order.

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