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2024 Flood Response

2024 Flood Response
Posted on 07/17/2024
2024 Flood Response

07.17.24
The rate at which the river will recede has slowed a bit due to recent storms, but the good news is that it will continue trending down, reaching 17.6 FT by Saturday, July 20, and 15.3 FT on Wednesday, July 24.

There are no anticipated changes to detours before next week; however, we are pleased to announce that the Freight House and Union Station have re-opened. While the Freight House has re-opened, water remains over portions of the market area, so this weekend, the Freight House Farmer’s Market will once again be held at the Scott County Administration Building located at 600 W 4th St.

Other good news has also just come in. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster proclamation for Scott County as one of several Iowa counties impacted by June/July floods. The proclamation opens grant assistance and case management services to affected residents for needs, including temporary housing, food assistance, personal property, and home repairs. Individuals and families must meet income eligibility guidelines to qualify for the Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program. There are no income eligibility guidelines for case management assistance.

Individuals or families needing assistance can contact the following agencies:

Iowa Individual Assistance Grant Program
Forms are available online at: https://caeihelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/14343167172891-Disaster-Assistance

Application forms may also be obtained in person and submitted to: Community Action of Eastern Iowa, 500 E. 59th St., Davenport, IA 52806, 563-324-3236. 

Case Management
Iowa Legal Aid Residents impacted who experience legal issues (tenant-landlord disputes, employment disputes, etc.), insurance issues, or related questions can contact Iowa Legal Aid for assistance. 1-800-532-1275 or https://www.iowalegalaid.org. 

Use the tab below for full list of closures, detours and more -
Current Detours • Recreation, Facility, & Special Event Impacts • Crew/Pump Status • Sandbag and Resource Info

Current Detours • Recreation, Facility, & Special Event Impacts • Crew/Pump Status • Sandbag and Resource Info

Travel

  •  The east portion of River Dr has been reopened. Find the current flood detour at this link. The detour is likely to be in place through the weekend. Updates will be made when temporary flood barriers are removed, and road cleaning is complete.
  • S Concord is closed between River Dr and Utah. The Davenport Compost Facility can be reached via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St (also see facilities).
  • Due to the loss of parking, visitors to the Downtown are welcome to park in the Harrison St Parking Ramp for free until river levels recede further.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Sand and Sandbags

  • Individuals who received sand and sandbags should call (563) 326-7923 or place a request online at www.davenportiowa.com/pwrs to have them collected when they are no longer needed. Sandbags must be placed in a pile in the curb line and not obstruct traffic. The City will only pick up sandbags we have received a request for.

Recreation

  •  Credit Island, the Riverfront Recreational Walk, and the Trail between Credit Island and River Heritage Park will remain closed until the river recedes to a point where the areas can be cleaned and reopened for use. Based on the current forecast, the areas are likely to remain closed through the end of July.
  • Riverfront Parks (LeClaire, Veterans Memorial, Marquette Dog Off Leash, Spray Park, Skate Park) are closed. Based on the current forecast, they are likely to remain closed through the end of July.
  • The Marquette Boat Docks will not likely be reinstalled until sometime during the week of July 22 or 29.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge, Freight House, and Union Station are open.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will be held at the Scott County Administrative Center at 600 W 4th St on Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market will return to the Freight House beginning Saturday, July 27.
  • The Davenport Compost Facility is open. Access is via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St.
  • Modern Woodmen Park is open for business. However, the parking lot will remain affected by flood water throughout the week.
  • The Skybridge has reopened.

Special Events

  • N/A

Pumps and Other Preparations

  • Pumps are being placed, and appropriate gates are being removed with river recess.
Flood Update 02.17.24 to 07.15.24

07.15.24

The Mississippi River has been gradually receding since cresting at 20.16 on July 9. Currently, it is at stage 18.97 and is expected to reach 16.2 FT by July 21. With these gradual changes, the City is able to modify the flood detour slightly, reopening River Dr at Mound, and the River’s Edge will reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 16.

Here’s what you need to know as we head into the week.

Travel

  • The east portion of River Dr has been reopened. Find the current flood detour at this link. The detour is likely to be in place through the weekend. Updates will be made when temporary flood barriers are removed, and road cleaning is complete.
  • S Concord is closed between River Dr and Utah. The Davenport Compost Facility can be reached via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St (also see facilities).
  • Due to the loss of parking, visitors to the Downtown are welcome to park in the Harrison St Parking Ramp for free until river levels recede further.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Sand and Sandbags

  • Individuals who received sand and sandbags should call (563) 326-7923 or place a request online at www.davenportiowa.com/pwrs to have them collected when they are no longer needed. Sandbags must be placed in a pile in the curb line and not obstruct traffic. The City will only pick up sandbags we have received a request for.

Recreation

  • Credit Island, the Riverfront Recreational Walk, and the Trail between Credit Island and River Heritage Park will remain closed until the river recedes to a point where the areas can be cleaned and reopened for use. Based on the current forecast, the areas are likely to remain closed through the end of July.
  • Riverfront Parks (LeClaire, Veterans Memorial, Marquette Dog Off Leash, Spray Park, Skate Park) are closed. Based on the current forecast, they are likely to remain closed through the end of July.
  • The Marquette Boat Docks will not likely be reinstalled until sometime during the week of July 22 or 29.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge will reopen on Tuesday, July 16.
  • Watch for an announcement on the reopening of the Freight House and Union Station this week.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will be held at the Scott County Administrative Center at 600 W 4th St on Saturday, July 20, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Market will return to the Freight House beginning Saturday, July 27.
  • The Davenport Compost Facility has reopened. Access is via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St.
  • Modern Woodmen Park is open for business. However, the parking lot will remain affected by flood water throughout the week.
  • The Skybridge has reopened.

Special Events

  • N/A

Pumps and Other Preparations

  • Pumps are being placed, and appropriate gates are being closed with river rise.

07.12.24
After hanging around 20 FT since earlier in the week, the Mississippi River is expected to recede quickly beginning Saturday, lowering to 19.1 FT by Sunday and 17.5 FT by Wednesday, July 17.

At the current rate of retreat, little is expected to change in terms of flood detours over the weekend. The detour has been modified slightly as the closure of Locust between Brady and Harrison has been lifted. Watch for changing travel routes as the river continues to fall.

Reminders and new news:

  • The Compost Facility will reopen and resume regular hours at its 2707 Railroad St location beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 14. For disposal options before Sunday, visit www.davenportiowa.com/compost.
  •  Rock in the Village, part of the Big 9 Summer Concert Series, will be held as scheduled in the Village of East Davenport on Saturday, July 13, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Use this map for details on how to get there in light of detours.
  •  The Freight House Farmers Market will be held at the Scott County Administrative Center at 600 W 4th St on Saturday, July 13, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Davenport’s iconic Skybridge will reopen on Monday, July 15. Repairs to air conditioning have been made, and river levels will lower, providing for safe access and a comfortable experience. The Skybridge is open daily during the summer from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • We anticipate the Freight House, Union Station, and River’s Edge will reopen to the public mid-to-late next week after river levels fall and roads can be cleaned. Watch for updates. 

Watch for updates as river levels continue to fall.

07.08.24
The Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15 crested at 20.04 earlier this morning and is expected to hover around 20 FT through the week before gradually falling beginning on Friday, July 12. With this outlook, the current flood detour is expected to remain in place through the week, and the Davenport Compost Facility will need to relocate drop-off services temporarily. Our partners at the Scott County Emergency Management Agency, American Red Cross, and Salvation Army have also announced potable water support for residents impacted by flooding. Find details below.

  • The Davenport Compost Facility will temporarily relocate drop-off services to the Scott Area Landfill from Tuesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 13. The facility is expected to reopen at its 2707 Railroad St location on Sunday, July 14, at 7:30 a.m.
    • The landfill is located at 11555 110th Ave, Davenport, IA.
    • Hours for drop-off will be Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Individuals dropping off yard waste will be directed to where to place yard waste at the landfill for later composting.
    • No compost products will be available for purchase until the Compost Facility can be re-opened.
  • The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are supporting residents currently impacted by flooding who lack access to clean, potable water.  Water distribution will begin Monday, July 8, and will continue every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. through July 26.  Davenport residents can pick up water from the Westside Assembly Church, 3908 W. River Drive, Davenport.

Travel

  •  S Concord is closed between River Dr and Utah. The Davenport Compost Facility can be reached via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St (also see facilities). Closures will extend to portions of Wapello and Miller as the river rises.
  • Find River Dr closures and detour at this link.
  • Due to the loss of parking, visitors to the Downtown are welcome to park in the Harrison St Parking Ramp for free until river levels recede.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Sand and Sandbags

  •  Sand and sandbags are available for delivery by request to Public Works at 563.326.7923, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sand and sandbags are only available to properties impacted at river stages 20 FT and under.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Walk and Trail are covered or will become covered between Credit Island and River Heritage Park.
  • Riverfront Parks (LeClaire, Veterans Memorial, Marquette Dog Off Leash, Spray Park, Skate Park) are closed.

Facilities

  • The Freight House will be closed beginning July 5, until river levels recede to safer levels.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will be held at the Scott County Administrative Center, located at 600 W 4th St on Saturday, July 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Modern Woodmen Park is open for business. The parking lot will be affected as the river rises. No at-home games are scheduled July 4 through July 8.
  • The River’s Edge will be open for business through Wednesday.  Beginning Thursday, July 4 the facility will be closed until river levels fall below 19 FT and the parking lot and roads can be cleaned. Questions about the closure and/or programs should be directed to Davenport Parks and Recreation by calling 563.328.7275 (PARK).
  • The Skybridge will remain closed. Currently closed for repairs to air conditioning, the facility will not be re-opened until repairs are complete and river levels are below 19 FT for public safety.
  • Union Station is closed until river levels recede.
  • The Davenport Compost Facility will temporarily relocate drop-off services to the Scott Area Landfill from Tuesday, July 9, through Saturday, July 13. The facility is expected to reopen at its 2707 Railroad St location on Sunday, July 14, at 7:30 a.m.
    • The landfill is located at 11555 110th Ave, Davenport, IA.
    • Hours for drop-off will be Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Individuals dropping off yard waste will be directed to where to place yard waste at the landfill for later composting.
    • No compost products will be available for purchase until the Compost Facility can be re-opened.

Special Events

  •  Red White and Boom! has a new date. The event will be held at dusk on Saturday, September 7.
  • The start location for Bix at 6 runs has moved to 5th and Pershing until further notice.  

Pumps and Other Preparations

  •  Pumps are being placed and appropriate gates are being closed with river rise.

07.05.24
Closures along River Dr will be extended beginning at 7 a.m., Saturday, July 6. Find the detour map at this link.

As a reminder, the River’s Edge, the Davenport Compost Facility, and businesses located at the Freight House and Union Station are closed until river levels recede. 
The Freight House Farmers Market will be held at the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 W 4th St.

Travel

  • S Concord is closed between River Dr and Utah. The Davenport Compost Facility can be reached via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St (also see facilities). Closures will extend to portions of Wapello and Miller as the river rises.
  • Find River Dr closures and detour at this link.
  • Due to the loss of parking, visitors to the Downtown are welcome to park in the Harrison St Parking Ramp for free until river levels recede.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Sand and Sandbags

  • Sand and sandbags are available for delivery by request to Public Works at 563.326.7923, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sand and sandbags are only available to properties impacted at river stages 20 FT and under.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Walk and Trail are covered or will become covered between Credit Island and River Heritage Park.
  • Riverfront Parks (LeClaire, Veterans Memorial, Marquette Dog Off Leash, Spray Park, Skate Park) are closed.

Facilities

  • The Freight House will be closed beginning July 5, until river levels recede to safer levels.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will be held at the Scott County Administrative Center, located at 600 W 4th St on Saturday, July 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday, July 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Modern Woodmen Park is open for business. The parking lot will be affected as the river rises. No at-home games are scheduled July 4 through July 8.
  • The River’s Edge will be open for business through Wednesday.  Beginning Thursday, July 4 the facility will be closed until river levels fall below 19 FT and the parking lot and roads can be cleaned. Questions about the closure and/or programs should be directed to Davenport Parks and Recreation by calling 563.328.7275 (PARK).
  • The Skybridge will remain closed. Currently closed for repairs to air conditioning, the facility will not be re-opened until repairs are complete and river levels are below 19 FT for public safety.
  • Union Station is closed until river levels recede.
  • The Compost Facility will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. It is expected to reopen on Friday, July 5, unless river levels change significantly. Then, due to river levels, the facility will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, July 6, through at least Tuesday, July 9, based on the forecast. An alternate drop-off location will not be staged at this time. Should river levels remain high, temporary closure may be extended, and a drop-off location may be established.

Special Events

  • Red White and Boom! has a new date. The event will be held at dusk on Saturday, September 7.
  • The start location for Bix at 6 runs has moved to 5th and Pershing until further notice.  

Pumps and Other Preparations

  • Pumps are being placed and appropriate gates are being closed with river rise.

Find more flood information and resources at www.beprepareddavenport.com.

07.03.24
The Mississippi River is forecast to crest at 20 FT on Sunday, July 7. As we continue to implement the flood plan according to river rise, there are a few new items to update the community on.

  • The Compost Facility will be closed on Thursday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. It is expected to reopen on Friday, July 5, unless river levels change significantly. Then, due to river levels, the facility will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, July 6, through at least Tuesday, July 9, based on the forecast. An alternate drop-off location will not be staged at this time. Should river levels remain high, temporary closure may be extended, and a drop-off location may be established.
  •  With portions of W River Dr beginning to become inundated by water, the flood detour has been updated with the closure of W River Dr at Hwy 22/Rockingham. Find the most current detour at this link.
    • Due to the loss of parking in the Downtown area, visitors are welcome to park in the Harrison St Ramp for free until river levels recede.
  • The Freight House will be closed beginning Friday, July 5.
  • The Freight House Farmers Market will be held at the Scott County Administrative Center, 600 W 4th St. 

Use the Current Detours • Recreation, Facility, & Special Event Impacts • Crew/Pump Status • Sandbag and Resource Info tab for full list of closures, detours and more. 

07.01.24
This afternoon, our partners at the National Weather Service revised the forecasted crest for the Mississippi at Lock and Dam 15 to 20 FT, arriving on Sunday, July 7.  Staff is actively implementing flood defense measures for the anticipated crest.

Quite a bit will change over the coming week.  Sand and sandbags are now available to individuals impacted up to stage 20 FT. To request sand and sandbags, call Public Works at 563.326.7923, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., through Wednesday.  

Closures will be made as water continues to consume more of the riverfront and roads. Please do not walk or drive through flood water or move or go around barricades. Barricades are placed for your safety. What may not seem hazardous at the start could lead to an underwater destination with unknown hazards, such as the absence of paved surfaces and the presence of bacteria and other floodwater-related hazards.

Flood response update:

Travel

  • S Concord is closed between River Dr and Utah. The Davenport Compost Facility can be reached via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St (also see facilities). Closures will extend to portions of Wapello and Miller as the river rises.
  • River Dr is closed on the west at Division to approximately Gaines, and on the east between Brady St and Federal. View detour map at this link. This detour will change in the coming days. River Dr between Gaines and Harrison is also accessible using north/south side streets.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Sand and Sandbags

  •  Sand and sandbags are available for delivery by request to Public Works at 563.326.7923, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sand and sandbags are only available to properties impacted at river stages 20 FT and under.

Recreation

  •  Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Walk and Trail are covered or will become covered between Credit Island and River Heritage Park.
  • Riverfront Parks (LeClaire, Veterans Memorial, Marquette Dog Off Leash, Spray Park, Skate Park) are closed.

Facilities

  •  The Freight House is open for business; however, access is limited. The location may be closed over the weekend due to concerns over safe access.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market is being relocated. Watch for details later this week.
  • Modern Woodmen Park is open for business. The parking lot will be affected as the river rises. No at-home games are scheduled July 4 through July 8.
  • The River’s Edge will be open for business through Wednesday.  Beginning Thursday, July 4 the facility will be closed until river levels fall below 19 FT and the parking lot and roads can be cleaned. Questions about the closure and/or programs should be directed to Davenport Parks and Recreation by calling 563.328.7275 (PARK).
  • The Skybridge will remain closed. Currently closed for repairs to air conditioning, the facility will not be re-opened until repairs are complete and river levels are below 19 FT for public safety.
  • Union Station will be closed beginning Wednesday, July 3.
  • It may become necessary to temporarily close the Davenport Compost Facility’s Railroad St location due to water over the road. Watch for updates on Wednesday.

Special Events

  •  Stay tuned for information on a new date for Red White and Boom!
  • The start location for Bix at 6 runs has moved to 5th and Pershing until further notice.       

Pumps and Other Preparations

  •  Pumps are being placed and appropriate gates are being closed with river rise.

Watch for updates throughout the week.

For more information on flood resources, visit www.beprepareddavenport.com.

06.30.24

The latest forecast from our partners at the National Weather Service has upped the timing and crest of the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15 to 19.2 FT on July 6. With the change in forecast and arriving conditions, the flood detour will expand on the east beginning late this evening.  As a reminder, residents impacted to stage 19 FT needing sand and sandbags should call 563.326.7923 to request supplies, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Find the flood detour map at this link.

Find other resources for property owners impacted by forecast river levels at at www.beprepareddavenport.com

A full update will release on Monday.

06.27.24
Our partners at the National Weather Service have revised the flood forecast slightly. The rate of rise is a little slower than anticipated and is currently expected to reach 18 FT by July 4. Crest timing and height are dependent on upcoming rain events. The good news is that we are prepared.

Those impacted at river stages to 18 to 19 FT and needing sand and sandbags are encouraged to prepare early. To request sand and sandbags, call Public Works at 563.326.7923, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

Despite the slower rate of river rise, we encourage everyone to resist the temptation to go around barricades. Barricades are placed for your safety. What may seem clear at the start could lead to an underwater destination with unknown hazards, such as the absence of paved surfaces and the presence of bacteria and other floodwater-related hazards.

The Riverfront Walk will begin to be consumed by the river over the weekend, with a current forecast of 16 FT on Saturday and 16.5 FT on Sunday; the trail between Credit Island and Marquette is already covered with water.

Flood Status Update:

Travel

  •  S Concord is closed between River Dr and Utah. The Davenport Compost Facility can be reached via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St.
  •  River Dr is closed on the west at Division to approximately Gaines, and on the east between Brady and 3rd St. View detour map at this link.

Sand and Sandbags

  •  Sand and sandbags are available for delivery by request to Public Works at 563.326.7923, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Sand and sandbags are only available to properties impacted at river stages 19 FT and under.

Recreation

  •  Credit Island is closed to the public due to water over the causeway.
    The Riverfront Recreational Walk and Trail will begin to cover between Marquette heading east over the weekend. The trail between Credit Island and Marquette is already covered by water.
  • Marquette, Centennial, and LeClaire Parks, and the Skate Park will be impacted early next week.
  • The boat docks at Marquette have been removed.

Facilities

  •  The Freight House and Union Station are open for business. The Freight House Farmer’s Market will be held as scheduled.
  • Crews have begun placing temporary flood barriers at Modern Woodmen Park. The park will remain open for business.
  • The River’s Edge is open for business.

Special Events

  •  Stay tuned for information on a new date for Red White and Boom!
  •  The start location for Bix at 6 runs has moved to 5th and Pershing until further notice.        

Pumps and Other Preparations

  •  Pumps are being placed and appropriate gates are being closed with river rise.

Watch for updates early next week when more is known about river stages and timing.

Find additional flood resources at www.bepreapreddavenport.com.

06.25.24
Find a good overview of flood response from today’s flood briefing at https://fb.watch/sWPJZuLjSf/.

Here are some need-to-know items.

  • Beginning Wednesday, June 26, River Dr will be closed between Division and Western and Brady to 3rd St. Find the detour map at this link. 
  • Properties impacted at river stages 13 to 19 FT will have access to sand and sandbags. To request sand and sandbags, call Public Works at 563.326.7923 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Credit Island is now closed to the public.

06.24.24
Heavy precipitation to the north and across the Midwest have resulted in river levels hovering between 13 and 14 FT since early June; however, things will be changing quickly over the next week. Currently our partners at the National Weather Service tell us river stage could reach 17.8 FT by Sunday June 30, and has the potential to crest around 18 to 19 FT at Lock and Dam 15 between then and July 4. The flood plan is active and crews will begin incrementally placing flood mitigation measures.

At this time, here’s what you need to know:

Travel

  •  S Concord will remain closed between River Dr and Utah. The Davenport Compost Facility can be reached via Rockingham/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad St.
  •  River Dr will be closed on the west at Division to approximately Gaines, and on the east between Brady and 3rd St beginning on Wednesday, June 26. Information on detour routes will be posted.

Sand and Sandbags

  •  Watch for an announcement on availability on Tuesday or Wednesday this week.

Recreation

  •  Credit Island will close to the public due to water over the causeway by mid-week.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Walk and Trail will begin to cover west to east starting at Credit Island; by late week water will cover most of the River Walk and encroach on Marquette, Centennial, and LeClaire Parks.
  • The boat docks at Marquette will be removed mid-week.

Facilities

  •  The Freight House and Union Station are open for business. Information on potential impacts to the Freight House Farmer’s Market on June 29 will be provided by mid-week when more is known about river levels.
  • Crews will begin placing temporary flood barriers at Modern Woodmen Park on Tuesday, June 25.
  • The River’s Edge is open for business.

Special Events

  •  Organizers are working on an alternate plan for Red White and Boom! Watch for news later this week.
  • The start location for Bix at 6 runs will be moved to 5th and Pershing until further notice.         

Pumps and Other Preparations

  •  Pumps are being placed and appropriate gates are being closed with river rise.

Watch for updates as we head into the week, and more is known about river stages and timing. 

Find additional flood resources at www.bepreapreddavenport.com

06.10.24
River levels have been hovering between 13 and 14 FT since initially rising on June 1. While current river level is at 13 FT, it is expected to begin rising again, reaching 14.2 FT on Sunday, June 16. For the near term, S Concord will remain closed between River Dr and Utah. Crews are monitoring conditions and we will keep the community updated should things change significantly.

05.30.24
Recent heavy rainfall across the Midwest is contributing to higher-than-normal river levels. According to current flood modeling by the National Weather Service, the Mississippi could rise slightly above the flood action stage of 13 FT to 14.1 FT by Saturday, June 1. While the anticipated river stage will cause few issues, crews are monitoring conditions and are placing appropriate flood control measures. For public safety, portions of S Concord between River Dr and Utah will be closed as river levels rise above 13.5 FT due to water over the road.


03.01.24
As our partners at the National Weather Service released their 2nd Spring Flood Outlook, it looks like we could be in for a break from seasonal riverfront flooding with a below-normal flood risk forecast. The outlook noted chances are likely to stay the same unless areas to the north receive above-normal precipitation, and right now, things look to be in our favor. Staff are prepared to switch gears should the need arise.

02.17.24
Our partners at the National Weather Service issued the first of three Spring Flood Outlook Briefings on February 15. As an early indicator of the types and depth of preparation needed, the City was pleased to learn that the chances of flooding this spring are below normal. With current chances of exceeding minor flood stage of 15 FT at 25% in early April, the City and riverfront community may get a breather from the hazard and inconvenience high river levels bring.

Although chances are low, as a resilient community, we will continue monitoring the forecast and prepare for river stages of 13 to 16 FT by performing preventive maintenance on flood systems and ensuring all equipment and resources are at the ready until the potential threat of flooding passes.

With a lower-than-normal flood threat this year, we encourage property owners and business managers located in the floodplain to use the time that may have been spent defending their property to take a look at ways to improve their preparedness for floods and reduce their flood risk by checking out our flood risk reduction resources at www.beprepareddavenport.com. On the site, owners and managers can find Flood Insurance Rate Maps, ways to floodproof, and more.

With this announcement, we also draw attention to ongoing steps Davenport is making toward a more resilient riverfront through the implementation of the Flood Resilience study at this link.  

Watch for updates as the National Weather Service releases its next flood forecast in the coming weeks.