High river levels and sewage issues along Davenport’s River Drive had drivers taking numerous detours Wednesday to get where they needed to go.
Among those detours was on River Drive near Mound Street at the Village of East Davenport where a sanitary sewer discharged forced the closing of the roadway, said city spokeswoman Jennifer Nahra.
Drivers had to pass around that area of River Drive via the Village of East Davenport. That area of River Drive could reopen Thursday as the city searches for and corrects the problem, Nahra said.
Eastbound drivers coming into the city from the west along River Drive were being detoured at Division Street to 3rd Street and then onto Iowa Street and then onto 5th Street. Westbound traffic was detoured at 4th Street, Nahra said. All arterial streets are closed at River Drive between Western Avenue and Marquette Street.
The flooded Wapsipincon has forced the closing of a number of county roads near the river.
The Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15, Rock Island, is now expected to crest at 18.5 feet some time Sunday afternoon, said meteorologist Brian Pierce of the National Weather Service, Davenport. “We are expecting a broad crest of about two days and then a very slow drop,” Pierce said.
A quick guess, Pierce said that the river could be back to or below flood stage by Oct. 25, “but that is just a guess.” But the drop will be slow, he said.
Flood stage for the Mississippi River at Rock Island is 15 feet. The river was at 17.29 feet as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
The Rock River reached 14.88 feet for a crest Wednesday and has started to drop. The Rock at Moline was at 14.81 feet at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Flood stage there is 12 feet.
Pierce said that fall has arrived and temperatures will be much cooler for the foreseeable future. The high temperatures both Thursday and Friday will be in the middle to upper 40s, while overnight lows in the 30s bring a threat of frost. The high temperatures Saturday are expected to reach the middle 50s while the high Sunday is expected to be in the middle 40s.
There is a chance of rain Friday and again on Sunday, Pierce said, “but these chances are very minor.”
The Quad-City area received another 1.84 inches of rain Wednesday, according to data at the Quad-City International Airport, Moline.
Already the Quad-City area has gotten 4.07 inches of rain, according to data provided by the National Weather Service, Davenport. The normal rainfall through Oct. 10 is .94 inches, meaning the Quad-Cities already is 3.13 inches of rain beyond normal for this time in the month of October.
Also, through Tuesday the average temperature for the month of October was 65.3 degrees, which is 8.1 degrees above normal for the first nine days of the month. The highest temperature for the month so far is 89 degrees on Oct. 3.