Q-C prepares as river rises

2013-04-16T04:00:00Z 2013-04-16T04:50:02Z Q-C prepares as river risesSteven Martens smartens@qctimes.com The Quad-City Times

Public works officials in the Quad-City area are keeping a close eye on the Mississippi River as it creeps toward flood stage later this week.

Flood stage for the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15 is 15 feet. The river was at about 13.72 feet Monday afternoon, and was expected to pass 15 feet on Thursday before cresting at 15.8 feet on Saturday, said Tom Philip, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Davenport.

In Davenport, South Concord Street has been closed between River Drive and Wapello Avenue due to flooding. Access to businesses along Wapello Avenue and River Drive west of Wapello Avenue is expected to remain open through the weekend, according to a news release from city spokeswoman Jennifer Nahra.

As the water rises, other areas to the west along South Concord may be closed between Wapello and Utah avenues.

When the Mississippi tops 15 feet, the city of Rock Island closes off storm water outflows to the river and uses pumps to send water back over the levee, said interim Public Works Directory Randy Tweet.

Bettendorf Public Works director Brian Schmidt said while the he does not expect the river to rise to a level that would affect property in Bettendorf,   the late spring snows further north could create a more serious flooding threat in the coming weeks.

"It's something we're going to keep an eye on," he said.

The forecast calls for rain through much of the week, with the heaviest downpour on Wednesday, Philip said. About 2.75 inches to 3.5 inches of rain is expected between Tuesday night and Thursday night, Philip said.

"It's going to be a widespread, heavy rain event," he said.

High temperatures will remain in the mid 50s to low 60s through Thursday, then dip to a high temperature in the mid 40s on Friday before rebounding over the weekend, Philip said.


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