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2021 Flood Response

2021 Flood Response
Posted on 03/13/2021
2021 Flood Response

03/13/21 | Reflections on 2019 and 2020

With the release of the National Weather Service’s final spring flood outlook briefing, it appears Davenport could see a refreshing break from flooding in comparison to the last two years when river levels required activation of the flood plan on March 12, 2019, and March 20, 2020.

Of course, conditions can change on a dime, but at this time, things are looking pretty good as we head into April. According to National Weather Service, we may see minor rises in river level as snowmelt makes its way downstream. Still, current chances for the Mississippi to rise above Minor Flood Stage of 15 FT at Lock and Dam 15 remain low - at only a 10 to 25% chance.

Changes in predicted precipitation are not expected to change things - but could, which is why we remain prepared. Property owners normally impacted at higher river levels are encouraged to take advantage of the break by learning more about ways to mitigate flood risk now, before the next time you need it. Virtual learning opportunities are available through March at

Find the National Weather Service third spring flood outlook presentation at this link.

2/27/21 | Preparation and resiliency remain our focus for Flood Season 2021.

Davenport remains optimistic but attentive as the National Weather Service issued the second of three spring flood outlooks.  The briefing held on February 25 reported probabilities remain low for significant flooding in the Spring of 2021.  The current forecast indicating only a 10 to 25% for exceeding 16 FT should be welcome news for our community after facing multiple back-to-back years of more significant flooding.

It is still early in the season, and forecasts can change.  Public Works remains ready for whatever comes our way and encourages property owners in the Mississippi River floodplain to be prepared too. Find more flood resources at

02/12/21 | Preparation and resiliency is our focus for Flood Season 2021.

Our friends at the National Weather Service issued the first of three spring flood outlook briefings on February 11. With probabilities ranging from 10 to 25% for exceeding 16 FT at this time, it appears we will see relatively low inconvenience and challenge from the Mississippi River this year. Keep in mind the forecast is early, but rest assured - we are ready for whatever comes our way.

Improvements to the flood plan have been made and being the resilient community we are here in #Davenport, we are preparing for all conditions that might arise. And, if you are a property or business owner in the floodplain, you should prepare too. Watch for information on upcoming virtual education sessions in March.  Topics covered will include how to interpret Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and changes to current maps and discussion on flood insurance, how to lower premiums, mitigation measures, and things every property owner can do to reduce their flood risk. 

Like any big city, Davenport has had hard times. But, as history has demonstrated, we’re also resilient, emerging from hardship with more strength, courage, and knowledge to prepare us for the future.  Completion of the Flood Study in the fall, and subsequent action, will better equip our community for what is next, no matter what the river level. Keep an eye out for public input session two in late March.

Find more flood resources at