Dan Brown figures he just got lazy — and he was paying the price Thursday.
As Duck Creek surged out of its banks nearby, heavy rains overnight pushed up into Brown's basement at 3128 Dubuque St., Davenport.
A longtime resident of the neighborhood just off Brady Street, Brown didn't take the precautions he normally does, so there was three feet of water in his basement.
As a result, he was struggling to get an old pump started so he could get the water out of his house.
"I didn't think it was going to happen," he said.
It did. The rain over the past couple of days also pushed the creek out of its banks, inundating the Duck Creek Recreational Trail in spots.
In Davenport, water lapped close to Lawrence Lopez' home near 32nd and Sheridan streets.
Luckily, he said, there was no water in his basement, but he was prevented from getting his car out of the garage. He said he figured he would be fine and would continue to keep an eye on his basement.
"It's starting to recede already," he said mid-morning.
In fact, by mid-afternoon, the water had gone down significantly in spots, although it still was moving quickly downstream.
Maren Stoflet, a hydrologist at the weather service, said the creek began receding early in the day.
The National Weather Service said city-maintained rain gauges measured 2.68 inches of rain at Duck Creek and Brady Street over the roughly 24 hours ending early Thursday morning. Upstream, near Fairmount Avenue, it was 2.48 inches.
That's slightly less than the 2.96 inches that fell at the Davenport Municipal Airport, according to the weather service. At the Quad-Cities International Airport, 3.86 inches was measured between 5 a.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.
From 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. Thursday, 1.24 inches fell at the Quad-City airport, the weather service said, while .95 inches fell at the Davenport airport.
All that rain meant water in a lot of basements, according to a check of a handful of plumbing and sewer service companies.
Brown, who said he moved into his house just after the disastrous 1990 Duck Creek flood, said it's been worse. Several years ago, flooding pushed water up the stairs and close to the first floor.
He said he would pump this water out, too.
"It's not that bad," he said. "I needed a new washer, anyway."