Most of River Drive closed in Davenport

River Drive in Davenport essentially closed from Rockingham Road on the west to the city limits on the east Thursday afternoon. The detour route is as follows:

Westbound: From 14th Street in Bettendorf, follow signs to East Locust Street, then west on Locust Street to Harrison Street, south on Harrison to West 4th Street, west on 4th Street to Division Street, south on Division Street to Rockingham Road, west to River Drive.

Eastbound from River Drive: Rockingham Road east to Division Street, north on Division Street to 3rd Street. Large trucks should continue north on Division Street then east on Locust Street to Interstate 74, and smaller vehicles can go east on 3rd Street to Brady Street, then north to Locust Street.

Businesses along River Drive are still accessible. If in question, call ahead for directions.

Davenport offers waste pickup

Because of the flooding, the city of Davenport Solid Waste Division will allow for a special collection of water-damaged materials. This is meant to assist residents who are experiencing flooded basements, sump pumps malfunctioning or sanitary sewer back ups.

The following guidelines/restrictions will be enforced:

• Residents need to contact the Public Works Center at 563-326-7732 with the day that materials will be set out for collection; it does not have to be on the normal collection day. The city asks for at least 24 hours notice.

• This collection is for water-damaged materials only.

• No hazardous waste such as cleaners, paints, oils, or gasoline will be collected. Residents can contact the household hazardous materials drop-off program from the Waste Commission of Scott County at 563-381-1300 or 563-386-9575 to arrange for an appointment to dispose of these items.

• Carpet does not need to be tied or bundled, but it does need to be in manageable size pieces that weigh 50 pounds or less.

• All construction materials, such as drywall, paneling and boards must be in bags that weigh 50 pounds or less.

• All smaller damaged items need to be in bags that weigh 50 pounds or less, no boxes will be collected. Davenport garbage stickers are not required for these bags.

• There is no charge for this special collection.

Tips for basement cleanup

When the Scott County Board of Health met for its regular session Thursday, members were told many county employees had been called away from work because of water in the basement of their homes.

With that in mind, the county posted information from the Iowa Department of Public Health about how to safely clean a basement on the county ( and health department ( websites.

"It's always best to avoid floodwaters," said Jackie Hall, a county environmental health specialist.

If water backs up from the basement drains, it can be considered sewer water, said Larry Linnenbrink, who also is an environmental health specialist for the county.

Wear protective gloves and boots before starting any cleanup and keep an eye on the website, Linnenbrink suggested. The next round of information to be posted will be advice for dealing with the aftermath of a flood, such as what to do when mold develops.

The first safety steps are: 1. Turn off the electricity, preferably at the meter. If you cannot safely turn it off, contact the utility company to do so. 2. Turn off all gas valves. 3. Check outside cellar walls for possible cave-ins, structural damage or other hazards. 4. Open doors and windows or use blowers to force fresh air into the basement. Gas may be trapped inside a home. 5. Wear rubber gloves when handling materials that have been in floodwater. 6. Get a tetanus shot if necessary.

Iowa American in 'much better shape'

Iowa American Water Co. reports that it is "in much better shape" than during preparation for previous floods.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is building a floodwall around the water company's treatment plant south of River Drive near Mound Street and is about 75 percent complete, Iowa American spokeswoman Lisa Reisen said.

The rest of the flood protection is being done with Hesco barriers such as the city of Davenport uses.

"We are in much better shape because much of the work has been done for us," she said.

Employees for Valley Construction, the contractor on the $11 million project, have been working with Iowa American workers to finish out the temporary flood protection that is needed.

A 2,200-foot-long floodwall is being built in conjunction with 200 feet of earthen levee to protect the plant, the main source of water in the Iowa Quad-Cities. The work also involves construction of three gatewells and movement of the riverfront recreational path.

Iowa sends pumps to help

Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management officials said they sent pumps to Scott, Cedar, Clinton, Johnson and Jones counties to aid in flood-fighting efforts.

The Iowa Department of Transportation sent sand to the Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville, where inmates from the Department of Corrections will fill sandbags.

“To my knowledge, this is the extent of the assistance that has been requested from the state thus far,” Stefanie Bond, spokeswoman for the homeland security department wrote in an email Thursday. “We will continue to monitor the situation.”

Gov. Terry Branstad is in China this week. Spokesman Tim Albrecht said the governor has the sole authority to declare a disaster and can do so over the phone, if necessary.

Rock Island County lists road closures

Roads closed in Rock Island County because of flooding include:

  • North and South Shore Drive
  • Much of the Barstow area, including Barstow Road under Interstate 80
  • East Moline — 13th Street from 3rd Avenue to 5th Avenue, River Road off Coaltown Road.
  • Moline — River Drive from 23rd to 55th streets, Fruitland Addition 400 block 43rd Avenue
  • Rock Island — 78th Avenue West at 51st Street West
  • Carbon Cliff — North 1st Avenue from 12th Street to State Street, North 1st Avenue shut down at the railroad tracks
  • Andalusia — 2nd Avenue West, 800-900 block 2nd Avenue West, 1st Street at Kelly's Landing/Andalusia harabor
  • Big Island — Floodwater up to 2400 block 27th Street West

Loop bus will not run this weekend

The Loop bus service that runs weekends through Quad-City downtown areas will not operate this weekend because of flooding. High water from the Mississippi River has closed parts of River Drive on the Iowa side. The Loop usually operates Thursday through Sunday.

Lake Odessa site closed

An emergency spillway in the Odessa levee has been overtopped by rising waters on the Mississippi and Iowa rivers, flooding the entire Lake Odessa Complex in Louisa County.

The river forecast shows water levels reaching heights similar to the 2011 flood, which was the seventh-highest flood on record in the area.

The Sand Run, Schafer’s and Toolesboro accesses will all be inaccessible because of flooding.

The Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge also will be flooded and the Port Road (120th Street) will be closed.

The Snively campground managed by the Louisa County Conservation Board also is closed.

A significant drop in river levels will be necessary before accesses can be reopened.

Recreation areas closed

Recreation areas in Thomson, Ill., and Clinton, Iowa, have been closed because of rising floodwater, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project said.

The closures are for the Thomson Causeway Recreation Area and Bulger's Hollow Recreation Area in Clinton.

The gates to the recreation areas will be closed and will be re-opened to the public when the areas have dried out sufficiently to allow safe access by vehicles and debris has been removed from the area.

For more information on this closure, contact the Thomson Park Rangers at 815-259-3628.

Alternate parking opens for WIU campus

River Drive and the Butterworth Parkway parking lot have been closed at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Riverfront Campus in Moline because of flooding. The WIU-QC parking lot is open, however, with access to the campus via the 34th Street entrance.

Additional parking is available at the Riverside Aquatic Center, near the northwest side of the pool house along 5th Avenue and at the 34th Street and 4th Avenue lot. Metrolink's "The Connect" shuttles will operate at these locations.

Flooding cancels, postpones events

Rock Creek Marina & Campground in Camanche is closed because of rising water levels. The closure also affects the Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center, public boat ramps and the campground, according to a news release issued by Clinton County Conservation.

Events affected include:

Saturday: Sprouting Greens, canceled; Spring Refuge Float, Rock Creek, canceled; A Different Way to Garden, Rock Creek, Eco Tourism Center, postponed to a date yet to be determined; Riverside Jam, 2 p.m., moved to Soaring Eagle Nature Center in Clinton near Eagle Point Park; and Eden Valley Nature Center Season Opener, 1-4 p.m., Eden Valley.

Monday: Earth Day Celebration, Rock Creek, Eco Tourism Center, canceled.

Tuesday: Friends of Rock Creek Meeting, 6 p.m., moved to Soaring Eagle Nature Center in Clinton.

Earth Day activities canceled

An Earth Day event scheduled for Saturday at the Andalusia Slough Recreation Area has been canceled because of rising floodwaters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announced the cancellation. After floodwaters recede and the area dries sufficiently, groups and volunteers who wish to volunteer to clean up debris can contact the Muscatine Ranger Office for details.

To learn more about the Mississippi River, visit For more information on closures, contact the Muscatine Park Rangers at 563-263-7913.

Carbon Cliff asks to limit sewer use

Village officials in Carbon Cliff are asking residents of the downtown area to limit their use of the sewer system because of equipment problems.

Residents in that area are asked to limit laundry washing, flushing of toilets and use of any other water that would go down drains, according to a news release.

The area affected includes Jay Street through 6th Street between 1st and 2nd avenues.

Water is backing up at a sewer lift station in the village because of high water and heavy rains, village officials said.

Anyone with questions can call 309-792-8235.

Wastewater flows to Scott County creek

Untreated wastewater is flowing into Glynns Creek near Scott County Park because of a valve failure.

The Park View Water and Sanitary District reported a valve failed in its main pump station, causing untreated wastewater to flow into nearby Glynns Creek.

Glynns Creek flows north, winding about 2 miles through Scott County Park before it flows into McDonald Creek, then the Wapsipinicon River. 

Park View staff estimates 300,000 to 400,000 gallons of untreated wastewater per day is discharging. Officials say it may take several days before they can repair the valve.

The DNR recommends keeping children and pets away from Glynns and McDonald creeks until 24 hours after repairs are made.