A good Thursday to all. From floods to frost we've got it all in the Quad-Cities. First off, frost.
The National Weather Service has issued a frost advisory for the Quad-City region for 1 a.m. to 8 a.m., Friday.
According to the NWS message,
"Frost and freezing temperatures tonight as Canadian high pressure, light winds, and a period of clear skies will bring frost and freeze conditions to the area tonight. Freezing temperatures and widespread frost is likely overnight along and north of U.S.30, while patchy to areas of frost with lows in the mid 30s expected elsewhere."
"Sensitive outdoor plants and vegetation may be damaged or killed if not covered or brought indoors."
A frost advisory means that frost is likely.
1. River levels hover above flood stage
Now about flooding
The Mississippi, Rock, Wapsipinicon, Cedar and Iowa rivers are currently under flood warnings until further notice. Here's the latest river levels.
• Mississippi River at Rock Island Locks & Dam 15 — Currently at 17.3 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet. Expected to rise to 18.5 feet Monday night. At 18.5 feet, water surrounds Modern Woodmen Park.
• Cedar River near Conesville — Currently at 15.3 feet and steady. Flood stage is 13 feet. Expected to rise to 15.8 feet Saturday morning. At 15.5 feet, water affects residences along County Road G28 and affects several gravel roads.
• Iowa River near Wapello — Currently at 26.6 feet and steady. Flood stage is 20 feet. Expected to rise to 27.3 feet Saturday. At 27 feet, water reaches the bottom of the Iowa 99 bridge near Oakville.
• Wapsipinicon River near DeWitt — Currently 13.5 feet and steady. Flood stage is 11 feet. Expected to rise to 13.6 feet today. At 13 feet, water affects many residences along the river.
• Rock River at Moline — Currently at 14.8 feet and falling Flood stage is 12 feet. The Rock is expected to fall to 14.3 feet by Friday. Water affects South Shore Drive and North Shore Drive in Moline west of the 27th Street bridge. Water limits access to homes on South Shore Drive east of the I-74 bridge. Water also affects portions of 60th Street south of John Deere Road.
High river levels and sewage issues along Davenport’s River Drive had drivers taking numerous detours Wednesday to get where they needed to go.
2. Mostly cloudy and breezy
Today will be mostly cloudy and breezy with a high near 47 degrees. A northwest wind between 15 to 20 mph will gust as high as 30 mph.
Tonight look for areas of frost after 2 a.m. Otherwise, it will be partly cloudy with a low around 34 degrees.
There will be widespread frost before 8 a.m. on Friday with a 30 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a high near 44 degrees and a low around 34 degrees with patchy frost after 11 p.m.
3. Deadline Cream Ale Tapping Party and other fun things to do in the Q-C
The Quad-City Times teamed up with Great River Brewery to create a new beer, called, fittingly, the Deadline Cream Ale. And it's ready to try. The Deadline Cream Ale tapping party kicks off at 5 p.m. today at Great River, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport. A golden keg, holding about 40 pints of free Deadline Cream Ale, will be tapped at 5 p.m. Two food trucks — Streets of Italy and Floyd's Burgers and Sliders — will be on site as well. Check it out and check out entertainment reporter Amanda Hancock's list of neat things to do this weekend in the Quad-Cities. Amanda's list.
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4. Construction update for I-74 in Moline
In Moline through mid-November, there will be intermittent lane closures on River Drive between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to allow crews to form the new bridge deck. Please watch for changing traffic patterns.
West Locust Street closure today for sewer repairs
West Locust Street in Davenport between Cedar and Lincoln streets, will be closed beginning at 8:30 a.m. for emergency sewer repair. The repairs are expected to be completed by the end of the day, pending weather and discovery of other issues.
Once completed, traffic will return to head-to-head in each direction for on-going sewer and resurfacing work.
During the closure, residents to the south of Locust will be able to exit onto eastbound Locust from Cedar and Howell streets. Residents south of Locust should enter their neighborhoods from the south, instead of Locust; those located west of the railroad bridge should use Telegraph to Cedar Street, and those located east of the railroad bridge should use Division to 17th streets, according to Davenport officials.
5. Do Iowa and Illinois vehicles need front plates?
Our Ask the Times guru Roy Booker fields this question from a Quad-City Times reader: "I see more and more vehicles from both Iowa and Illinois without front plates. Have the rules changed?" Read Roy's response.
6. Take a walk on the darker side of Davenport
Newspapers at the time called it "The Koenig Tragedy," and it played out during August of 1870 in the German immigrant neighborhood of Davenport where Mary's Tavern is now, at 2nd and Warren streets.
Two children, ages 2 and 4, were discovered dead in a home, one lying on a floor and the other drowned in a bucket of water. Their mother was found drowned in a shallow well near the home.
Did the mother take her children's lives and her own because of impending poverty, or did her husband, W.L.F. Koenig, have something to do with the tragedy?
"The Koenig Tragedy" is one of 21 grim tales of unusual deaths, hauntings and the criminal underworld in Davenport and the surrounding area that are being brought to light this month in walking tours organized by the German center. Reporter Alma Gaul has more.
According to Quad-City legend, and the Times archives, these 10 places are said to be (queue up spooky Halloween music) haunted. Believe it, or not.
BONUS 6 Niabi badgers on the lam
ICYMI from Wednesday: Two North American badgers have "busted out" of Niabi Zoo and are currently in hiding in unknown parts. Zoo officials have issued an all-points bulletin and are warning the public not to approach these two subjects, leaving their capture to the professionals.
Authorities say neither badger has distinguishable markings but are described as loners who keep to themselves and are most active at night. The pair are best-known for their digging skills and ability to burrow into compact dirt. Read more.