Watching the river levels this morning

Jo Lloyd
May 5, 2019

Unlike cities such as Muscatine downstream, Davenport doesn't have a permanent floodwall, opting instead for an open, picturesque riverfront.

Flooding also claimed the life of a camper found Wednesday after he was caught in waters from an overflowed creek near the town of Ava, also in southwest Missouri.

"Our teams are on the ground and we will know more soon", HESCO Group said. The river is expected to crest Wednesday night a few inches short of the record.

Now the level is at 18.18 feet and predicted to rise to 24 feet on Thursday at 1:00 pm.

Officials in Davenport are keeping an eye on portions of the city's infrastructure after the flood control system was breached.

The river - a key transportation artery for shipments of grain, agricultural chemicals, energy products, and other commodities - is closed from river mile marker 179 to 184, the Coast Guard said. "We are definitely vulnerable to a rain event".

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.

Several businesses and homes were only accessible by boat Thursday afternoon. If it gets to that point it will be the fifth highest crest in Alton's history. Alton's mayor, Brant Walker, complained that the city is "doing flood control every eight months" and that the frequent business closures are hurting the city's finances.

"All we can really do is wait and see", Gleason said.

Mandatory evacuations will be put into place once the river reaches 24.6 feet.

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