MUSCATINE, Iowa - Major flooding is expected along the Cedar and Iowa rivers in Muscatine and Louisa county's next week as heavy rain continues to fall over Iowa. The weather pattern is expected to remain in place for the next several days.

Minor flooding may occur along the Mississippi River from Rock Island south to Keithsburg, Ill., including Muscatine, over the next week.

Residents along the affected rivers are advised to be alert to rising water levels.

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 A summary of the watches and warnings follows.

The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a Flood Watch for the Mississippi River at Muscatine until further notice. At 11:15 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 22) the river stage was 13.4 feet and is expected to rise to 18.3 feet by Thursday (Sept. 29). Flood stage is 16 feet. Moderate flooding is possible. The forecast suggests that the Mississippi River will exceed flood stage Tuesday (Sept. 27) and continue rising until Thursday (Sept. 29) morning.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Cedar River near Conesville. At 11 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 22), the Cedar River was at 12.9 feet and rising. Flood stage is 13 feet. No flooding is occurring at the present time but major flooding is forecasted. The National Weather Service in Quad Cities states that the Cedar River will rise above flood stage late Thursday (Sept. 22) before falling below flood stage on Friday (Sept. 23). However, the Cedar River is expected to quickly rise above flood stage Sunday (Sept. 25) evening and continue rising to a major flood stage by Tuesday (Sept. 27) night, reaching 18.1 feet by Wednesday (Sept. 28) night.

At 18 feet water affects several residences in the Rochester area and is at the bottom of the County Road F44 bridge. Water also affects the lowest areas of West Rochester Avenue and residences in Moscow.

Repeated rounds of very heavy rain have occurred over the headwaters of the Iowa and Cedar Rivers over the past three days. A widespread three to five inches of rain has fallen with isolated amounts of six to nine inches. These extreme rainfall amounts will result in significant river level rises by early next week.

Moderate on river levels reaching major flood stage. Persons impacted by flooding along the Iowa River should take the necessary precautions to mitigate the impacts of major river flooding.

River forecasts include past precipitation and forecast rainfall for the next 24 hours.

If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternate route. Turn around, don`t drown.

The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a Flood Warning for the Iowa River at Columbus Junction until further notice. At 10:00 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 22) the stage was 17.4 feet and steady. Flood stage is 19 feet. No flooding is occurring but major flooding is forecasted. The forecast calls for the river to rise above flood stage Monday (Sept. 26) and continue rising to 27.0 feet Friday (Sept. 30) morning.

The National Weather Service in Quad Cities has issued a Flood Warning for the Iowa River at Wapello until further notice. At 10:00 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 22) the stage was 18.8 feet and steady. Flood stage is 20 feet. No flooding is occurring but major flooding is forecasted. The forecast calls for the river to rise above flood stage Monday (Sept. 26) evening and continue rising to 28.6 feet Friday (Sept. 30). Water affects U.S. Highway 61 north of Wapello.