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2019 Flood Response

2019 Flood Response
Posted on 05/23/2019
2019 Flood Response

Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 4:00 PM

We have received several inquiries regarding the re-rise of the Mississippi River and reinstallation of flood measures.

Audiences are encouraged to monitor river level predictions at this link, https://www.weather.gov/dvn/River_Levels#Top, in the short term.  This link provides information looking further out than 24 hours of precipitation.

Current short-term forecasts are showing a rise in river levels up to 22 feet.  Therefore, the City of Davenport is reinstating some of its flood protection efforts.

For the current 18.5 FT river level predicted to arrive sometime this weekend, the primary flood measure to be installed is the temporary flood barrier on River Dr between Bechtel Park and Perry.  Staff began installation of the temporary system earlier this morning and will finish installation on Friday.

Although efforts to understand contributing factors for the April 30 breach of the temporary flood wall remain ongoing, Davenport Public Works will be taking additional measures to reinforce this section.  The City is working with both the Army Corps of Engineers and the flood barrier manufacturer on a reconfiguration of the wall design.  This reconfiguration will include a two-deep, two-high flood wall design.

Closures and changing traffic control will occur as the river rises.

It is possible the Compost Facility and the River’s Edge will temporarily close next week if river levels surpass 19.5 FT.

It is recommended property owners impacted at river levels of 17 FT+ put protection measurers back in place. Sand and empty sandbags remain available for delivery to property owners impacted at projected river levels.  Note that filled sandbags are not available at this time. To request sand and sandbags call 563.326.7923 7 am to 3 pm or submit a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.

The City will have staff available for delivery of supplies through the weekend and over the holiday.

Crews will continue implementing other various flood measures as the river level changes.


Thursday, May 23rd, 2019 - 10:00 AM

According to the National Weather Service, recent and forecasted rain in the Mississippi River basin over the next several days is likely to push the Mississippi River up quickly, possibly to 18 FT by Saturday, May 25th or Sunday, May 26th.  At this time it is also possible, based on National Weather Service modeling, for the Mississippi to continue rising to 21+ FT next week.

In response to predicted levels, the City has begun installing the temporary flood wall on River Dr between Bechtel Park and Perry. 

Portions of River Dr will close as the river rises. Watch for changing traffic on River Dr as we head into the weekend and next week.  

It is possible the Compost Facility and the River’s Edge will temporarily close next week if river levels surpass 19.5 FT.

It is recommended property owners impacted at river levels of 17 FT+ put protection back in place. Sand and empty sandbags remain available for delivery to property owners impacted at projected river levels.  Note that filled sandbags are not available at this time. To request sand and sandbags call 563.326.7923 7 am to 3 pm or submit a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.  The City will have staff available for delivery of supplies through the weekend and over the holiday.

Crews will continue implementing other various flood measures as the river level changes.

As a reminder, the Flood Assistance Center is open today, May 23rd, on Friday, May 24th, and on Wednesday, May 29th.  Find more information at https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema/post/scott-county-flood-resources-expand?fbclid=IwAR0FkoOuwZE8NWEqR0hOfCxBhHhz6ITcfS5J4EdGKCCdvL9XjoR-ikEqyWE



Monday, May 20th - 2:30 PM

The National Weather Service remains confident river levels will rise to between 18 and 21 FT beginning late this week and into next.

City staff is prepared to implement flood measures as needed in response rising river levels.

In the meantime, street and riverfront cleaning and sandbag collection activities have been suspended.

It is likely the temporary flood wall on River Dr between Iowa and Perry will be reinstalled mid-to-late week.  Gates will be re-closed and pumps re-set in various locations throughout the city as the river rises as well.

Sand and empty sandbags remain available for delivery to residents and businesses impacted at predicted river levels. Filled sandbags are not available at this time. To make a request for sand and sandbags call 563.326.7923 7 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, or submit a request on-line at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.

Important items to note for property owners impacted by recent flooding:

Another flood update will be issued as flood measures are implemented.


Monday, May 20th - 12:00 PM

A Flood Assistance Center will be open as follows to connect individuals and businesses with flood recovery resources.

Donation and Flood Assistance Center, 320 W Kimberly Rd (formerly Office Max).

  • Thursday, May 23rd, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
    12:00 PM-4:00 PM Quad Cities Chamber hosting special hours for businesses
  • Friday, May 24th, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
  • Wednesday, May 29th, 10:00 AM-7:00 PM

More information at 

https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema/post/scott-county-flood-resources-expand?fbclid=IwAR0FkoOuwZE8NWEqR0hOfCxBhHhz6ITcfS5J4EdGKCCdvL9XjoR-ikEqyWE

Monday, May 20th - 10:00 AM

It is common for people to experience a wide range of emotional reactions following a disaster. These are normal feelings that may last for many months after the flooding.

For those impacted by flooding, repair work, financial burden, prolonged stress, and ongoing red tape with agencies and insurance companies can leave feelings of depression, frustration, anger, anxiety, and sadness.

There is help, and it is free. The Iowa Department of Homeland Security and FEMA have established a help hotline for individuals who are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping with recent and ongoing flooding.

Iowa Concern 24-hour line 1-800-447-1985.

Find out more about coping during and after disaster at http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6481456&pageId=15631478, and at https://www.floods2019.iowa.gov/.


Friday, May 17th - 10:00 AM

The City has received notice from the National Weather Service that the Mississippi River is likely to rise again next week. A rise is predicted due to heavy rain in the forecast for areas to the north and regionally.

Due to predicted levels of 18 to possibly 20 FT, the City is suspending street and riverfront cleaning and sandbag collection activities until further notice.  Individuals who still have sandbags at their location and who are impacted at river levels of 18 to 20 FT are encouraged to keep, and/or, put their flood protection back in place.

City staff is monitoring the forecast and river levels and is prepared to implement flood measures as needed in response to rising river levels.

Motorists are advised it is possible recently removed street closures on River Dr will return next week.

Sand and empty sandbags are available for delivery to residents and businesses impacted at predicted river levels.  Request sand and sandbags by calling 563.326.7923, 7 am to 3 pm.  Staff will be accepting calls and making deliveries Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th.  Filled sandbags are not available at this time.  


Thursday, May 16th - 2:30 PM

The Mississippi has dropped to 16.45 FT and is expected to continue dropping slowly to near 15.4 FT on Thursday, May 23rd. 

River Dr is now open from 3rd and 4th Streets to Bettendorf.  In addition, 2nd St is now fully open.  Crews will continue working expeditiously to clean and re-open roads as the river continues to fall.  An updated road closure and detour map can be found at this link.

As the Mississippi approaches 15 FT, more of our riverfront recreational areas will be revealed.  Volunteers are welcome to assist with quick recovery.  For details on how to volunteer or to request volunteers, visit  http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/news/what_s_new/flood_cleanup_volunteer_opportunities___requests. 

Expect on-going updates on recovery activities and resources.

Thursday, May 16th - Volunteers

Need volunteers to assist with flood cleanup efforts on your property?  Want to do something to help with flood recovery efforts?

There are a variety of ways our community can come together to support each other in the cleanup and recovery process. 

To Request Volunteer Assistance

Private property owners/managers in need of assistance should contact the Scott County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Volunteer Hotline to request assistance. The Volunteer Hotline will need a description of the assistance needed, location, and the date/time volunteers are needed when the request is placed.  Once the request is received, the EMA will work to coordinate volunteers with those needing assistance. 

Scott County EMA Volunteer Hotline – 563.484.3086, 
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To Volunteer

The City is currently assembling a calendar for riverfront recreational location debris removal and cleaning needs (LeClaire, Park, Centennial Park, Marquette Off-Leash Dog Park, Recreational Trail, etc.) based on river levels and other factors. 

All of the current opportunities are considered more heavy duty in nature and will require bending and lifting.  The City provides necessary personal protective equipment such as impervious gloves, cotton gloves, comfort/dust mask and other equipment needed to clear debris.  Volunteers will need to wear long pants and closed toed shoes or rubber boots and be prepared to get dirty for a worthy cause.

Use this link to register to volunteer on a particular day and time 
(8 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday) 

Volunteers are also needed to assist private property owners with cleanup, and for cleanup in other areas of Scott County. To volunteer in these ways call the Scott County EMA Volunteer Hotline at 563.484.3086 - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

More opportunities will arise as the river continues to recede.  Be on the lookout for more information on an XStream Cleanup Flood event to be held on Saturday, June 8th

To Donate

Visit the Scott County EMA website for details on making donations.

https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema/news/2019/05/08/mississippi-river-flooding-update-flood-donations-center.

Wednesday, May 15th

Due to the recent record-setting flooding, on Saturday, May 11, 2019, the federal government declared Scott County, Iowa, which includes the City of Davenport, a federal disaster area. Per Iowa Code 441.37, this federal declaration automatically extended the 2019 Board of Review Session and assessment protest filing timeframe.

Details at http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/news/what_s_new/flood_extends_assessment_protest


Tuesday, May 14th - 2:00 PM

Crews have been working hard to re-open roads.  

With this update, the east River Dr connection between Davenport and Bettendorf has been restored.  View the updated flood detour map at this link.

The portion of River Dr re-opened today is on the east between Tremont to Bettendorf.  Bettendorf has also re-opened River Dr.

Teams will continue cleaning and re-opening roads as they are able.

More to come this week, as we are able to re-open more roads.

Monday, May 13th - 4:00 PM

The Mississippi River will continue to drop quickly before leveling off at 16 FT for a few days later this week.  The current river level is 17.47 FT.

Expect announcements on volunteer flood recovery opportunities and road re-opening late Tuesday, May 14th.

Know that FEMA representatives have arrived to the area.  Some of these representatives are interviewing affected property owners and surveying damage as part of the agency’s initial assessment.  These representatives will have identification.  Be cautious of anyone not able to provide proper ID.

Please be patient.  Be aware roads are being opened as quickly as they can be.  Debris and mud have to be removed, and a visual inspection performed for obvious signs of underground utility or pavement failure before roads can be re-opened.  These recovery steps are necessary for public safety. 

When thinking about the time it takes to re-open roads, just think about what adults, kids, and dogs might leave behind in the tub after an active day of work or play.  Now imagine what the Mississippi has left behind in the up to 51 days some areas have been under water.

Find property recovery, debris, and sandbag disposal information at http://cityofdavenportiowa.com/news/what_s_new/flood_recovery_resources.

We will continue to provide updates as conditions change.‚Äč


Friday, May 10th - 3:00 PM

The Mississippi is dropping quickly.  The current river level is 18.88 FT and is expected to drop below 18 FT late Sunday.  That will mark 51 consecutive days the Mississippi River was at and above 18 FT.

Please be patient as crews continue to re-open roads as the river falls.  Many of these streets will require substantial debris removal and cleaning before they are safe for public use. Structural concerns are possible on roads that have been under the longest.   Find the most current map of closed roads and the flood detour at this link.

Be reminded; although roads are closed, many locations are still open for business.  The city is providing free parking in the ramps, and will not be enforcing the two-hour on-street parking zones through 7 AM, Monday, May 20th, to support pedestrian travel in the Downtown.

As a reminder, the Compost Facility re-opens on Saturday, May 11th and the River’s Edge will re-open on Monday, May 13th.

Find property recovery, debris, and sandbag disposal information at http://cityofdavenportiowa.com/news/what_s_new/flood_recovery_resources.

Don’t forget the Freight House Farmers’ Market will be located at the Scott County Administration Building's parking lot this weekend.

We will continue to provide updates as conditions change.


Thursday, May 9th - 3:30 PM

And we are off to the races… The Mississippi River is now at 19.36 FT and is expected to drop below 18 FT on Monday, May 13th according to the current National Weather Service forecast.

The Compost Facility will re-open on Saturday, May 11th at 8:00 am.  The facility’s summer hours are 7:30 am to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Saturday and Sundays, Except Holidays. Compost products will be available for purchase in addition to yard waste drop-off.  Access the facility from Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.

The River’s Edge will re-open to the public on Monday, May 13th. 

Crews are continuing to re-open roads if a visual inspection reveals no issues, and after the debris is removed, and the surface is cleaned.  Intermittent temporary closures will occur along re-opened roads in the weeks to come.  These temporary closures will be necessary for inspection of underground sewer lines, and to perform any needed cleaning or repair.  Find the most up-to-date road closure and flood detour maps at this link.

Property owners can find information on flood recovery steps and resources presented at today’s public meetings regarding recovery at
http://cityofdavenportiowa.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=6481456&pageId=15587916.
  The meetings and link include information on sandbag and flood debris disposal.

The Redstone Ramp will re-open on Friday, May 10th. The City’s parking ramps will remain free, and the two-hour on-street parking zones will not be enforced through 7 am Monday, May 20th.

Donations are being accepted at the Flood Donation Center, find details at https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema/news/2019/05/08/mississippi-river-flooding-update-flood-donations-center

The Freight House Farmers Market will set up shop at the Scott County Administration Building's parking lot at the corner of Western Ave and West 4th St. Crews are continuing to recover the parking lot as the river recedes.

We know everyone is anxious to return to normal, but recovery will take time. Please be patient as we continue to recover from this record-breaking flood.

Expect more information to be released later this week as the City continues to recover.

Wednesday, May 8th - 2:00 PM

The river has receded to below 20 FT, and will potentially drop to 18 FT by Wednesday, May 15th according to the National Weather Service forecast.

Recovery operations will occur across the riverfront as the Mississippi continues to return to more normal conditions in the coming weeks.

As the river recedes, crews are re-opening roads after visual inspection reveals no issues, debris is removed and the surface is cleaned. The public should be aware intermittent temporary closures will occur along re-opened roads in the weeks to come. Temporary closures will occur as inspection of underground sewer lines takes place, and any cleaning or needed repair is performed. 

The City is holding two public meetings to assist commercial and residential property owners in navigating the recovery process.  The first meeting, specific to commercial property owners, will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, May 9th at the Davenport Police Department, 416 Harrison St.  The second meeting, specific to residential property owners, will be held at 6 PM, Thursday, May 9th at the Roosevelt Community Center, 1220 Minnie Ave.

Getting across the river will be a little bit easier.  Access to the Government Bridge on the Iowa side re-opened just a short time ago, and the temporary flood protection on 2nd St at Gaines has been removed.  View an updated street closure and detour map at this link.

Note, that many locations are open for business.  You may have to park and walk a short distance, but they are open.  Call ahead to find out if your favorite spot is open.

The City will pick up, haul away and dispose of sandbags no longer needed by request.  To request sandbag hauling call 563.326.7923, or submit a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.   Sandbags will need to be placed in a pile in the curb line and not obstruct traffic.

It is likely the Redstone Ramp will re-open later this week. The City’s parking ramps will remain free, and the two-hour on-street parking zones will not be enforced through 7 AM Monday, May 20th.

The Salvation Army, in coordination with the Scott County Emergency Management Agency, will open a Flood Donation Center on Friday, May 10th.  Find details at https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema/news/2019/05/08/mississippi-river-flooding-update-flood-donations-center

The Freight House Farmers Market will set up shop again this weekend at the Scott County Administration Building's parking lot at the corner of Western Avenue and West 4th Street.

Expect more information to be released later this week as the City continues to recover.

Tuesday, May 7th - Flood Recovery Resource Meetings

The City of Davenport is providing guidance to businesses and residents effected by recent Mississippi River flooding.

The guidance (available here) ranges from documenting damages and costs to what needs to be inspected and by whom to return home or reopen a business.

City staff also provided information on sandbag disposal and permit waivers.

For sandbag pick-up call (563) 326-7923 or place a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com. Sandbags must be placed in a pile in the curb line and not obstruct traffic. We will not pick up sandbags we have not received a request for.

For flood property debris removal, coordinate with a private hauler. Know that whether the city or the hauler picks up the material, there are waste separation guidelines for flood debris. Guidance on how to properly dispose of debris was also offered.

For public safety, and to get properties impacted by recent flooding re-occupied or re-opened, the City of Davenport has submitted a resolution to Davenport City Council to waive all necessary and applicable City permit fees for flood recovery and building restoration activities. The waiver of fees shall be contingent upon the completion of a damage assessment by City of Davenport staff or their designee.

The City and Scott County also shared a pair of links to website. The first is 2019 flood resources. The second is an update on a donations center that opens Friday May 10.

Monday, May 6th - 4:00 PM

The river has receded to 21.04 FT as of this afternoon. While the river is currently receding, it is possible the river will rise again based on Wednesday’s rainfall. The National Weather Service will be releasing an updated forecast tomorrow to include predicted rain for Wednesday. 

As a precautionary measure, the City of Davenport encourages all individuals with flood protection in place to keep it in place until more is known about river levels later this week.

Sandbags remain available for delivery to property owners in flood-prone areas where flash flooding and heavy rainfall could have an impact.  Call 563.326.7923 to request sandbags. Deliveries will be made between 7 am and 3 pm.

Use caution when exiting on the Iowa side of the Centennial Bridge overnight.
  Crews will be demobilizing temporary flood protection at this location.  Pumps and traffic control will remain staged as a precautionary measure.

Staff was able to work on some recovery efforts today, removing debris and cleaning portions of River Dr and other areas affected. 

The Redstone Ramp will remain closed until recovery can occur. The Harrison St and River Center Parking Ramps will remain free, and the two-hour on-street parking zones will not be enforced through 7 am Monday, May 20th.

Expect more information to be released later this week related to public and private recovery resources and actions.

To inquire about volunteering to assist with flood recovery efforts or to request volunteers call 563.484.3086.

Saturday, May 4th - 5:00 PM

After reaching a record 22.7 FT on Thursday, May 2nd, we are not out of the woods yet.  While the river is receding, which is great news, rain is in the forecast beginning Sunday, May 5th through Wednesday, May 8th.  We are working closely with the National Weather Service and Scott County Emergency Management Agency in monitoring river levels and planning for response and recovery activities.

The current river level is 22.06 FT.

Continue to expect frequent updates on river levels and flood response activities through the coming week.

Staff, and secured support from the National Guard, is continuing to monitor and maintain all flood protection in place.

Third St has been reopened to traffic.

Sanitary sewer overflow conditions continue. Please be reminded to be safe in and near floodwaters.  The public is advised not to drive around barricades, or to walk, swim, or drive through floodwaters; 6 inches of fast moving water can sweep you away.

The area around and within the Ground Transportation Center is not a good place to park and take pictures of current conditions.  Operations and essential services at that facility continue.

There is not an open donation line this weekend.  To inquire about volunteering to support flood recovery efforts call 563.484.3086.

Thursday, May 2 - 4:45 p.m.
The Mississippi River is in record crest territory, currently at 22.68 feet with a forecast crest of 22.7 later tonight.

Record levels flooding of the Mississippi River are impacting the Water Pollution Control Plant and has now reached its capacity. We are seeing surcharge in the main lines. With the approval of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the pumps deployed near the sewage systems along the Mississippi River are pumping sewage into the rivers. Without this, serious backups would take place throughout the Iowa cities along the river. Officials are trying to find other relief mechanisms and will employ them as soon as possible.

The river levels are expected to remain high during the crest and after. The following flood safety tips will help you remain safe during this time:

Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters; 6 inches of fast moving water can sweet you away.

Do not drink, cook, or wash clothing with flood waters.
Stay away from downed power lines.
Be aware of slips, trips, and falls near flooded areas.

Be aware that the potential for flash flooding exists near rivers and streams.

The Salvation Army has extended the dates for the donation center at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds to accept items for residents displaced by the Mississippi River flooding from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday at Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.

The Salvation Army will be accepting the following donations: Water, non-perishable food / packaged snacks, Gatorade/Powerade, new blankets, new pillows, towels/wash clothes, comfort kit items like shampoo, razor, tooth paste, tooth brush, bar soap, deodorant (men's and women's).

Donations can be dropped off at the Belgian BLVD entrance, Building #6/7.



Wednesday, May 1 - 8:00 PM

City staff observed water bubbling from under the pavement outside of the City of Davenport’s Union Station just a short time ago.  The river has infiltrated the ground and pavement surrounding the facility inside of the flood barrier. 

No individuals are impacted. 

Recovery from flooding on the lowest level will be necessary after the river recedes.

Tenants have been notified.


Wednesday, May 1st - 6:00 PM

The Mississippi River is expected to crest sometime overnight at 22.4 FT.  After cresting it will be a few days before the river begins to fall.

A media briefing was held earlier this morning regarding ongoing flood response. Details regarding the flood barrier failure on River Dr at Pershing was discussed.  Assistance is being provided to impacted individuals seeking assistance.  




The traveling public should be advised 2nd St, and many streets south of 2nd St, remain closed to through traffic between Division and Iowa Streets. Some local businesses are accessible using north/south streets; however many have voluntarily closed, call ahead to make sure the location you wish to visit is open and accessible.
  View an updated detour map at this link. 

Two-hour on-street parking, the River Center and the Harrison Street parking ramps are not going to be enforced until 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 8th.

Traffic from the Government Bridge should exit via the Moline side, 2nd St is not accessible. Access to 2nd St will be restored when river levels fall.

The Centennial Bridge remains accessible.

Sanitary sewer overflow conditions continue near the riverfront. Sewer backups at locations near the riverfront are possible.

Public Works staff continues to monitor the integrity of flood protection along the riverfront and is reinforcing when necessary.  Many other departments and agencies are supporting flood response and recovery efforts.

Please be reminded not to drink, play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwaters.

Information on how to volunteer or donate for flood response and recovery activities, as well as how to request volunteers can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ScottCoIAEMA/posts/2006176589690596.

Another flood update will be issued tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 29th - 6:30 PM

The flood barrier on River Dr failed at Pershing late this afternoon. The area of Pershing, Iowa and 2nd St is inundated with water.

For public safety,

  • Access to all streets between Main and Iowa Streets south of 2nd St is restricted to city vehicles and equipment only. 
  • 2nd St is closed to through traffic between Division and Iowa Streets. Some local businesses are accessible using north/south streets; however many have voluntarily closed, so visitors may want to call ahead to make sure the business is open.

Individuals impacted by the breach, and who wish to evacuate, are being assisted with evacuation and sheltering. Find details at https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema.

Traffic from the Government Bridge should exit via the Moline side, 2nd St is not accessible. Access to 2nd St will be restored when river levels fall.

The Centennial Bridge will be reduced to one lane when exiting on the Iowa side.  Flood barriers are being placed east and west of the bridge on 2nd St to ensure access to the bridge remains available.

Public Works staff continues to monitor the integrity of flood protection along the riverfront and is reinforcing when necessary.

The City has reported sanitary sewer overflow conditions due to high river levels and rain, find more information at http://www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/news/what_s_new/sanitary_sewer_overflow_reported. Please be reminded to not drink, play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwaters.

Flood barriers are being placed off of E River Dr near the East Village. 

Access to the Ground Transportation Center is being maintained.

Multiple departments and agencies are responding to flood conditions. The public can assist current conditions and help prevent localized street flooding by:

  • Not driving through flooded roadways,
  • By clearing off storm drains covered with debris when they feel safe to do so.

Another update will be issued tomorrow.


Monday, April 29th - 3:30 PM

The river came up quickly over the weekend, and the crest has been revised significantly since our last update.  The Mississippi is now predicted to crest at 22 FT on Wednesday, May 1st.  The current river level is 21.16 FT.  The National Weather Service has advised it is possible this crest will be revised higher based on rain in the forecast for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30th.

There is a new flood detour and road closure map.  View map at this link.

W 2nd St is now closed to through traffic between Division and Brown Streets. Some local business is accessible using north/south streets in this area. The Centennial Bridge can be accessed from 3rd St, 4th St, and Gaines St. 

The Government Bridge can be accessed using 2nd St east of Harrison and Brady. 

The Freight House Farmer’s Market will be hosting the opening weekend of the outdoor Farmer’s Market in the parking lot of the Scott County Administration Building located at 600 W 4th St.  Market hours at 8 am to 1 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday.  Other businesses located at the Freight House businesses are temporarily closing.

Roads

  • Access Centennial Bridge from 3rd, 4th and Gaines Streets.
  • W 2nd St is mostly closed between Division and Brown Streets.
  • Wapello between River Dr and S Concord is closed.
  • River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St. Bettendorf also has closures on River Dr in place.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge is closed.
  • The Compost Facility is closed. Yard waste may be dropped off at the Scott Area Landfill 7 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday. Individuals dropping off yard waste will be directed on where to place yard wastes at the landfill for later composting. No compost products will be available for purchase after until the Compost Facility can be re-opened.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market is hosting market at the Scott County Administration Building located 600 W 4th St. Other businesses located at the Freight House businesses are temporarily closing.
  • Union Station is closed.
  • The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains in place. Canadian Pacific Rail has constructed an elevated walkway to facilitate access to the park. Check the River Bandits website for information on the game schedule.

Recreation

  • Credit Island, Centennial and LeClaire Parks, and the Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf remain closed.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Sand and sandbags are available. Filled sandbags are not. To request sandbags call public works at 563.326.7923 or submit a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/

Other Assistance

We will issue another flood update in the coming days.


Friday, April 26th - 10:30 AM

Its official, we have broken another record this year, this time for the number of days at major flood stage. As of today, Mississippi River levels have been above 15 FT for 43 days in Davenport, and it doesn’t sound like we will drop below 15 FT to action stage any time soon. 

The current river level is 18.91 FT.  At this time the Mississippi is expected to crest at 20.5 FT on Tuesday, April 30th.  The National Weather Service, however, cautions the river could reach around 21 FT depending on the amount of precipitation that falls in the coming week.

As a reminder, the River’s Edge and the Compost Facility will temporarily shut-down operations for a second time at the end of the today, Friday, April 26th.  Re-opening will occur when the river level drops below 19.5’ once again.

The River Bandits is hosting games beginning today. Check their website for game schedules.  If you plan to go to a game, you will need to park on-street or in one of the city’s parking ramps.  Consider carpooling. Be reminded not to drink floodwater or to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater.  Floodwater can carry unseen hazards such as debris and bacteria.

The current closures on River Dr will remain in place until river levels fall below 18 FT and recovery can begin.

Roads

  • Wapello between River Dr and S Concord will be re-closed sometime today, Friday, April 26th.
  • River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St. Bettendorf also has closures on River Dr in place.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge will temporarily close beginning at 5 pm, today, Friday, April 26th.
  • The Compost Facility will temporarily close beginning at 5:30 pm, today, Friday, April 26th. Yard waste may be dropped off at the Scott Area Landfill beginning Saturday, April 27th. Yard waste drop-off hours at the landfill are 7 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday. Individuals dropping off yard waste will be directed on where to place yard wastes at the landfill for later composting. No compost products will be available for purchase after until the Compost Facility can be re-opened.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will host their normal indoor market this weekend.
  • Union Station is closed.
  • The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains in place. Canadian Pacific Rail has constructed an elevated walkway to facilitate access to the park. Check the River Bandits website for information on the game schedule.

Recreation

  • Credit Island, Centennial and LeClaire Parks, and the Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf remain closed.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Events

  • The following events have been impacted. Please check with the event host for details: MDA Walk, Girls on the Run, St. Ambrose Pops, Tour de Brew.

Other Measures

 

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

 

Other Assistance

 

We do not expect to issue another flood update until Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.


Tuesday, April 23rd - 5:00 PM

As previously forecasted, the Mississippi River is back on the rise.  After falling to 18 FT today Tuesday, April 23rd, the river will be back on the rise. At this time, the National Weather Service forecast indicates the river will begin rising again late Wednesday, April 24th, reaching around 20.6 FT on Monday, April 29th, and possibly push a bit higher through May 1st.  Staff is prepared to respond as the river rises.

Of significance, the River’s Edge and the Compost Facility will temporarily shut-down operations for a second time at the end of the day, Friday, April 26th.  Re-opening will occur when the river level drops below 19.5’ once again.

Yard wastes may be dropped off at the Scott Area Landfill located at 11555 110th Avenue (County Road Y-48), beginning Saturday, April 27th until flood waters recede. Drop off hours at the landfill will be 7 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday.

The public should expect the current closures on River Dr to remain in place until river levels below 18 FT can be sustained.

Roads

  • Wapello between River Dr and S Concord will be re-closed sometime Friday, April 26th.
  • River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St. Bettendorf also has closures on River Dr in place.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge will temporarily close beginning at 5 pm, Friday, April 26th.
  • The Compost Facility will temporarily close beginning at 5:30 pm, Friday, April 26th. Yard waste may be dropped off at the Scott Area Landfill beginning Saturday, April 27th. Yard waste drop-off hours at the landfill are 7 am and 4 pm. Individuals dropping off yard waste will be directed on where to place yard wastes at the landfill for later composting. No compost products will be available for purchase after Friday, April 26th until the Compost Facility can be re-opened.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will host their normal indoor market this weekend.
  • Union Station will be closed beginning Thursday, April 25th.
  • The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains in place. Canadian Pacific Rail has constructed an elevated walkway to facilitate access to the park. Check the River Bandits website for information on the game schedule.

Recreation

  • Credit Island, Centennial and LeClaire Parks, and the Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf remain closed.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Events

  • The following events have been impacted. Please check with the event host for details: MDA Walk, Girls on the Run, St. Ambrose Pops, Tour de Brew.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Sandbags remain available. To request sandbags call public works at 563.326.7923 or submit a request online at https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/.

Other Assistance

Be reminded not to drink floodwater or to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater.  Floodwater can carry unseen hazards such as debris and bacteria.

We do not expect to issue another flood update until Friday, April 26th.


Friday, April 19th - 3:30 PM

Flood update Friday, April 19th. The National Weather Service has issued information on projected rises in river levels beginning late next week.  While the river will fall in the short term, it is expected to rise again, potentially cresting between 19.5 and 21 FT sometime between April 27th and May 1st.

Due to projected rises, road closures along River Dr will remain in place. 

Planned openings at the River's Edge and the Compost Facility will occur as scheduled on April 22nd. Temporary re-closure of these facilities may be necessary the week of April 27th if river levels remain projected to exceed 19.5 FT.

We encourage all residents to maintain current flood protection they may have in place due to the potential for river rises to between 19.5 and 21 FT the week of April 27th.

Residents impacted by recent and future river levels are reminded there are many resources available.  Visit https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema for information on individual assistance grants and other resources.


Wednesday, April 17th – 1:00 PM

The Mississippi River has gradually dropped over the past week to 19 FT.  Current National Weather Service projections indicate the river will continue falling into next week, possibly reaching 18 FT next week.  However, the National Weather Service also cautions the current forecast does not take into account rainfall (and runoff) from weather events 24 hours or more out, or snowmelt still making its way down the river.  Expect the river to remain higher than usual for at least a few more weeks.
 
Current closures on River Dr will remain in place through this week.  Re-opening of some sections is possible early next week. 
 
Of note, the River’s Edge will re-open on Monday, April 22nd, the Compost Facility will re-open at Railroad Ave beginning Monday, April 22nd, and the Freight House will host an indoor Farmer’s Market and an Earth Day event on Saturday, April 20th. 

Roads

  • Wapello between River Dr and S Concord has re-opened.
  • River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St. Bettendorf also has closures on River Dr in place.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge will re-open on Monday, April 22nd. 
  • The Compost Facility will re-open at Railroad Ave on Monday, April 22nd.  Yard waste may be dropped off at the Scott Area Landfill through Friday, April 19th. Yard waste drop-off hours at the landfill are 7 am and 4 pm. The landfill will be closed on Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st in observation of Easter.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will host their normal indoor market this weekend. In addition, an Earth Day event will be held on the deck.
  • Union Station is in the process of being re-opened.
  • The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains in place.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail is closed between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Events

  • The Easter Egg Scramble 5K will go on as scheduled.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

Other Assistance

Be reminded not to drink floodwater or to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater.  Floodwater can carry unseen hazards such as debris and bacteria.

We do not expect to issue another flood update until early next week. 


Thursday, April 11th - 5:30 PM

 

The Mississippi has dropped to 20.11 FT.  At this time river levels are expected to drop slightly and hover just above 19 FT through next week.  A recent National Weather Service report also indicates another rise in river levels should be expected into the weeks ahead.

Of note, a Disaster Proclamation for Scott County has been issued by the State of Iowa. With the declaration, individual assistance grant funds will be available to property owners who have been impacted by flooding.  For more information on the program visit https://www.scottcountyiowa.com/ema/post/scott-county-disaster-proclamation-april-11-2019.

Current traffic control will remain in place through next week.  The Freight House remains open for business; details can be found below.

Be reminded not to drink floodwater or to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater.  Floodwater can carry unseen hazards such as debris and bacteria.

Roads

  • River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St. Bettendorf also has closures on River Dr in place.
  • Wapello is closed between River Dr and S Concord.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Facilities

  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will host their normal indoor market and a POP-UP market on Saturday, April 13th in the parking lot of the Community Health Building, across from the Freight House. The facility can be accessed from 2nd and Western or Scott St.
  • The Compost Facility is closed. Yard waste may be dropped off at the Scott Area until floodwaters recede. Drop off hours are 7 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday.
  • The River’s Edge is closed.
  • Union Station is closed.
  • The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains in place.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail is closed between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Events

  • Changes to the Easter Egg Scramble 5K are possible.  Information will be released if changes will occur.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or online (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come. Sandbags are available for pick up at the Davenport Public Works Facility, located at 1200 E 46th St. Individuals must report to the receptionist at the facility before picking up an order placed.

We do not expect to issue another flood update until early next week.

Sunday, April 7th - 1:30 PM

The Mississippi has reached 20.58 FT.  Currently, the river is expected to slowly fall back to 20 FT later in the week, possibly reaching 19 FT by next week.  Only time will tell if the river will continue to fall, as a recent National Weather Service forecast indicates the region may see unsettled weather and heavy rain the following week.

As we continue into the week, please be reminded River Dr should not be used for through traffic.  The best east/west routes are Kimberly and Locust. Use north/south streets to access locations on the riverfront.  Know that you may have to park and walk to those locations.

Be reminded not to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through flood water.  Floodwater can carry unseen hazards such as debris and bacteria.

Roads

  • River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St.Bettendorf also has closures on River Dr in place.
  • Wapello is closed between River Dr and S Concord.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge is closed.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will host a POP-UP market on Saturday, April 13th in the parking lot of the Community Health Building, across from the Freight House. The facility can be accessed from 2nd and Western or Scott St.
  • The Compost Facility is closed. Yard waste may be dropped off at the Scott Area until floodwaters recede. Drop off hours are 7 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday.
  • Union Station is closed.
  • The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains in place.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail is closed between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Events

  • No event impacts at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or online (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come.Sandbags are available for pick up at the Davenport Public Works Facility, located at 1200 E 46th St. Individuals must report to the receptionist at the facility before picking up an order placed.

We do not expect to issue another flood update until mid-week unless changes in flood measures occurs earlier.

Friday, April 5th - 4:30 PM

There are more changes in travel due to flooding.  River Dr cannot be used for through traffic. 
 
In addition to closures placed in the City of Davenport, the City of Bettendorf has closed River Dr east/westbound at Forest Rd, 6th and 8th Streets.  

Semis should use detours provided: I280/I80, Kimberly, and Locust.
 
Portions of River Dr can be used to access the local businesses that remain open.
 
If you need to access locations near the riverfront use Locust or Kimberly to a north/south street.  Be aware you may have to park and walk to some locations.

Thursday, April 4th - 2:00 PM

The Mississippi River is currently at 19.61 FT and predicted to crest around 20.4 FT on Sunday, April 7th.  

Traffic control is changing. River Dr/Hwy 61 is being closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St (just east of Mound). Bettendorf may close River Dr at 6th St in the coming days. Portions of River Dr can be used to access the local businesses that remain open.  River Dr from Tremont to Concord closed to through traffic.  Please do not drive on flooded roadways. The best east/west routes to take are Locust, and Kimberly. 

In addition to road closures, the River’s Edge has closed until flood waters recede, and the Freight House Farmer’s Mark is hosting a POP-UP market this weekend. Find details below.

Roads(View Flood Detour Map)

River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and River St.
Wapello is now closed between River Dr and S Concord.
S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave. 
Beiderbecke is closed.

Facilities

The River’s Edge is closed due to water in the parking lot. 
The Freight House Farmer’s Market will host a POP-UP market on Saturday, April 6th and April 13th in the parking lot of the Community Health Building, across from the Freight House. The facility can be accessed from 2nd and Western or Scott St.
The Compost Facility is closed. Yard waste may be dropped off at the Scott Area until flood waters recede. Drop off hours are 7 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday.
The River’s Edge will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, April 6th.
Union Station is closed.
The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park remains in place.

Recreation

Credit Island is closed.
The Riverfront Recreational Trail is closed between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf.
The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Events

  • The River Bandits will not be hosting games at Modern Woodmen Park on April 4th and 5th.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or online (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come.  Sandbags are available for pick up at the Davenport Public Works Facility, located at 1200 E 46th St. Individuals must report to the receptionist at the facility before picking up an order placed.

A flood update will be issued as needed Friday, April 5th or Saturday, April 6th, depending on changes in flood measures.

Tuesday, April 2nd - Noon


The
Mississippi River is currently at 18.78 FT and remains predicted to crest around 20.1 FT on Sunday, April 7th.  

Significant changes will occur today and tomorrow as follows.

Changes to the flood detour are currently being placed.  River Dr/Hwy 61 is in the process of being closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and Bridge Ave.  View the updated detour map at this link. 

The public should note, a flood detour is likely along the riverfront in Bettendorf later this week.  Crews will also be monitoring conditions at Mound and River Dr.  The current detour will be modified should Mound need to be closed at River Dr.

Also, find changes to yard waste drop-off at the Compost Facility below.

Roads (View Flood Detour Map)

  • River Dr/Hwy 61 is closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and Bridge Ave. Some Downtown riverfront locations are accessible via Western. *Expect changes in the next day or two.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail is closed between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Facilities

  • The Compost Facility will close to the public beginning at 5:30 pm Wednesday, April 3rd.  As an alternative, residents may drop off yard wastes at the Scott Area Landfill located at 11555 110th Avenue (County Road Y-48), beginning Thursday, April 4th until flood waters recede.
    • Drop off hours will be 7 am and 4 pm, Monday through Friday, and 8 am to Noon on Saturday.
    • Individuals dropping off yard waste will be directed on where to place yard wastes at the landfill for later composting.
    • No compost products will be available for purchase after Wednesday, April 3rd until the Compost Facility can be re-opened.
  • The River’s Edge will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, April 6th.
  • Union Station is closed.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will not be open on Saturday, April 6th.
  • The floodwall at Modern Woodmen Park have been installed.

Events

  • The River Bandits will not be hosting games at Modern Woodmen Park on April 4th and 5th.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or online (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come.  Beginning Wednesday, April 3rd, sandbags will only be available for pick up at the Davenport Public Works Facility, located at 1200 E 46th St. Individuals must report to the receptionist at the facility before picking up an order placed.

A flood update will be issued as needed Wednesday, April 3rd or Thursday, April 4th depending on changes in flood measures.


Monday, April 1st – 4:00 PM

The Mississippi River is currently at 18.55 FT and predicted to crest around 20.1 FT on Sunday, April 7th.   River levels are expected to remain higher than normal into mid-April.

The public will notice a few significant changes as we head into the week. 

Of note, River Dr/Hwy 61 will be closed between Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 and Bridge Ave beginning sometime late Tuesday or Wednesday.  An update on the timing of the closure will be provided tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2nd.  In addition, due to flooding and railroad construction, the River Bandits will not be hosting games at Modern Woodmen Park on April 4th and 5th.

As river levels creep higher, please be reminded floodwaters are hazardous.  Do not play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater.

Roads (View Flood Detour Map)

  • River Dr is closed between Division St and Bridge Ave. Some Downtown riverfront locations are accessible via Western. *Expect changes in the next day or two.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail is closed between Credit Island and Davenport City Limits/Bettendorf.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Facilities

  • The River’s Edge will be closed to the public beginning Saturday, April 6th.
  • Union Station is closed.
  • The Freight House Farmer’s Market will not be open on Saturday, April 6th.
  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave. Compost will be moved to an alternate location sometime later this week.
  • The floodwalls at Modern Woodmen Park have been installed.

Events

  • No events are impacted at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags 

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or on-line (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come. Sandbags will need to be picked up at 232 S Marquette from the rear entrance. The entrance can be accessed from E or W River Dr during business hours. Find the entrance west of Division and east of Credit Island on the river side next to the red City of Davenport sign.

Access to sandbags will change mid-week.

A flood update will be issued tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2nd.


Friday, Mar 29th - 3:00 PM

The flood detour has changed slightly for sewer repairs on Iowa St between 3rd and 4th Streets.  It is unknown at this time when the road will be repaired.

View revised detour map at this link.

Thurdsay, Mar 28th - 4:00 PM

The Mississippi is currently at 18.28 FT after reaching 18.53 FT earlier in the week.  The river is expected to begin rising again early next week, reaching 19.4 FT by Thursday, April 4th, and forecast to continue rising through the following week or the week after.

At this time the National Weather Service forecast indicates we have a 50 to 75% chance of reaching river levels of 20 FT and a 25 to 50% chance of reaching levels of 22 FT in the coming weeks. 

Staff is preparing for our next spike in river levels, monitoring conditions and implementing flood measures as the river rises. 

The public will notice changes at Union Station and the Compost Facility next week.

Roads

  • River Dr is closed between Division St and Bridge Ave. Some Downtown riverfront locations are accessible via Western.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the path.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Facilities

  • Union Station will not be available for public access beginning on Monday, April 1st. Crews will begin to install flood barriers around Union Station on Friday, and will finish installation on Monday.
  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.Compost will be moved to an alternate location sometime next week.
  • The floodwalls at Modern Woodmen Park have been installed.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, are open for business.

Events

  • No events are impacted at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or on-line (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come. Sandbags will need to be picked up at 232 S Marquette from the rear entrance. The entrance can be accessed from E or W River Dr during business hours. Find the entrance west of Division and east of Credit Island on the river side next to the red City of Davenport sign.

 Access to sandbags will change sometime next week.

We will not issue another flood update until Monday, April 1st unless significant changes in river level or other travel issues require an additional update.


Monday, Mar 25th - 3:30 PM

The Mississippi River bumped up a bit further, and is now predicted to crest yet today at 18.5 FT.  After reaching 18.5 FT, the river is then predicted to drop to around 18 FT and hover that height for a few days, before going back up. River levels are expected to remain high through April.

The current river level is 18.49 FT.

There have been no changes in flood measures since our last update.  Find a detour map under Roads below.

Crews are monitoring river levels and are prepared to respond, as needed, to changing river levels.

Roads (Downtown Davenport Detour Map)

  • River Dr is closed between Division St and Bridge Ave. Some Downtown riverfront locations are accessible via Western.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed. Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the path.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • The floodwalls at Modern Woodmen Park have been installed.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, and Union Station are open for business.

Events

  • No events are impacted at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or on-line (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come. Sandbags will need to be picked up at 232 S Marquette from the rear entrance. The entrance can be accessed from E or W River Dr during business hours. Find the entrance west of Division and east of Credit Island on the river side next to the red City of Davenport sign.

We will not issue another flood update until Thursday, March 28th unless significant changes in river level or other travel issues require an additional update.

Saturday, Mar 23rd - 1:30 PM

The previously forecasted river crest has changed, the Mississippi is now predicted to crest at 18.2 FT on Monday, March 25th and hover 18 FT after cresting.  The National Weather Service has indicated to expect river levels to remain high through April. 

The current river level is 17.95 FT.

Due to the change in river level, River Dr is now closed between Division St and Bridge Ave.  Westbound River Dr is being detoured north on Bridge Ave.  Eastbound 3rd St is being detoured north on Iowa St. 

Crews continue to monitor river levels and are prepared to respond, as needed, to changing river levels.

Roads 

  • River Dr is closed between Division St and Bridge Ave.Some riverfront locations are accessible via Western.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed.Miller Ave is also closed between S Concord and Railroad Ave.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the path.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • The floodwalls at Modern Woodmen Park have been installed.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, and Union Station are open for business.

Events

  • No events are impacted at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or on-line (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come.Sandbags will need to be picked up at 232 S Marquette from the rear entrance. The entrance can be accessed from E or W River Dr during business hours.Find the entrance west of Division and east of Credit Island on the river side next to the red City of Davenport sign.

We will not issue another flood update until Monday, March 25th unless significant changes in river level or other travel issues require an additional update.


Thursday, Mar 21st - 1:30 PM

After a brief drop to around 16.3 FT, the Mississippi is back on the rise.  The current forecast indicates the river will reach 17.6 FT on Saturday, March 23rd.  After reaching 17.6 FT, the river is then predicted to hover above 17 FT going into the week.

Current flood measures will remain unchanged.  Changes in flood measures will only occur when the river either drops below 15 FT or rises above 18 FT.

Crews are monitoring river levels and prepared to respond, as needed, to changing river levels.

Roads

  • River Dr is closed between Division and E 3rd St.  Some riverfront locations are accessible via Western.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the path.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing is not in place.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • The flood walls at Modern Woodmen Park have been installed.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, and Union Station are open for business.

Events

  • No events are impacted at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or on-line (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come.   Sandbags will need to be picked up at 232 S Marquette from the rear entrance. The entrance can be accessed from E or W River Dr during business hours.  Find the entrance west of Division and east of Credit Island on the river side next to the red City of Davenport sign.

We will not issue another flood update until Monday, March 25th unless significant changes in river level or other travel issues require an additional update.

Tuesday, Mar 19th - 1:30 PM

The City of Davenport has become aware many boaters are electing to launch from the entrance to Credit Island.

It is illegal to launch from park locations not designated for boat, raft, or other watercraft use (City Code 12.72.060).

The public participating in these activities does so at their own risk, the risk of others, and the risk of fine.


Monday, Mar 18th - 1:00 PM

It has been quite a week.  The National Weather Service did emphasize river levels could fluctuate and are likely continue to do so in the coming weeks.

The Mississippi River ended up cresting at 17.17 FT on Sunday, March 17th and is currently at 16.75 FT. 

At this time, the river is expected to drop a little further this week and hover around 16 FT for a short bit before going back on the rise later in the week.

Currently placed flood measures will remain in place; additional measures will be implemented as needed based on future river forecasts.

Roads

  • River Dr is closed between Division and E 3rd St.  Some riverfront locations are accessible via Western.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed.
  • Beiderbecke is closed.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the path.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing has been removed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • The flood walls at Modern Woodmen Park have been installed.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, and Union Station are open for business.

Events

  • No events are impacted at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Sandbags

  • Make a request by phone during business hours (563.326.7923) or on-line (https://yourgov.cartegraph.com/) before you come.   Sandbags will need to be picked up at 232 S Marquette from the rear entrance. The entrance can be accessed from E or W River Dr during business hours.  Find the entrance west of Division and east of Credit Island on the river side next to the red City of Davenport sign.

Staff is continuing to monitor river levels and is prepared to respond as needed.

We will not issue another flood update until Thursday, March 21st unless significant changes in river level or other travel issues require an additional update.

Sign-up to receive periodic flood updates and other city service notifications and updates direct to your device at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/davenportdirect.


Friday, March 15th - 2:00 PM

The City held a media briefing today regarding Mississippi River flooding and local impacts.  

The City remains open for business.  However, getting around the Downtown this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day will be a little challenging. 

Please be reminded floodwaters are hazardous.  Do not play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater.

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Friday, March 15th - 11:00 AM

The current river level is 15.22 FT and expected to reach 18 FT on Sunday, March 17th, and 18.4 FT on Tuesday, March 19th.

The National Weather Service has emphasized river levels are fluid.  Early estimates are that we may see some movement lower/higher in the coming weeks, and that is likely we will see river levels of 20FT or more in late March, or early April.

Flood measures are being installed in alignment with predicted and actual river levels.

It is likely River Dr will remain closed to through traffic between Division and E 3rd St for several weeks.  Some locations along River Dr will remain accessible from north/south streets in the short term, however, if river levels rise above 20 FT, will become inaccessible.

If you venture downtown this weekend be alert for temporary closures on 3rd and 4th St for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Race and Festivities.  Parking will be free in the city’s ramps from 8 am to 4 pm, Saturday, March 16th to assist with event parking.

Obey traffic signs. Do not drive around barricades. Traffic control is placed for your safety and the safety of others.

City staff is carrying on normal operations, including pothole filling, while the following flood measures are installed.

Roads

  • River Dr is being closed between Division and E 3rd St.As noted, some riverfront locations will be accessible.The River’s Edge, Modern Woodmen Park, and the Freight House and Farmer’s Market will be accessible from Gaines or Western.
  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed.Wapello and Miller between Railroad Ave and S Concord will be closed in the coming days.
  • Beiderbecke will be closed this weekend.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed to the public.
  • The Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park will be closed due to water over the trail beginning sometime Friday.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing has been removed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • The flood walls at Modern Woodmen Park are being installed.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Race will not be impacted. However, navigating the area will be tricky, and some riverfront parking will be inaccessible.

    Other Measures

  • Pumps are being set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

    Sandbags

  • The City will be establishing an alternate location for sandbag pickup on Monday, March 18th. Stay tuned for information.Know that a request must be placed before picking up sandbags.Requests can be made by calling 563.326.7923 during business hours or on-line before 3:00 pm Friday.

Staff is monitoring river levels and installing flood measures according to the river stage.

We will not issue another flood update until Monday, March 18th, unless significant changes in river level or other travel issues require additional update.

Sign-up to receive periodic flood updates and other city service notifications and updates direct to your device at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/davenportdirect.


Thursday, March 14th - 4:30 PM

The current river level is 12.65 FT and expected to crest at 18.1 FT on Sunday, March 17th, which is an approximately six-foot rise in less than three days. The river will fall slightly after cresting; however, will remain on the high side before rising again in another week or two according to current National Weather Service estimates.

Some activities will take place near the riverfront this weekend.  Please be reminded floodwaters are hazardous.  For your safety, and the safety of others, do not play, wade, walk, bike or drive through flood water.

Downtown Davenport will be a maze of closures due to flooding and the St. Patrick’s Day parade, race and other festivities.  Be sure to check the map before heading out and to obey barricades and other posted signage for the safety of everyone.

City staff is carrying on normal operations, including pothole filling, while the following flood measures are installed.

Roads

  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr is closed.
  • River Dr will be closed between Division and Iowa Streets beginning Friday.
  • Beiderbecke will also see closures this weekend.

Recreation

  • Credit Island will be closed to the public beginning at noon Friday.  Access is currently limited to the lodge.
  •  The majority of the Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park will be closed due to water over the trail beginning sometime Friday into the weekend.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing will be removed before the weekend.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • The flood walls at Modern Woodmen Park are being installed. Scheduled events and rentals will occur as scheduled.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Race will not be impacted. However, navigating the area will be tricky, and some riverfront parking will be inaccessible.

Other Measures 

  • Pumps are being set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city. 

Sandbags

  • The City has sandbags available to property owners impacted at currently predicted river levels between 17 and 18 ft.  They can be picked up between 7:30 am and 2:30 pm through Friday, March 15th at our Marquette Facility located at 232 Marquette St.  You must make a request before you arrive.  Make a request for sandbags by calling 563.326.7923 during business hours or on-line before 3:00 pm Friday.

Staff is monitoring river levels and installing flood measures according to the river stage.

We will not issue another flood update until Monday, March 18th, unless significant changes in river level or other travel issues require additional update.

Sign-up to receive periodic flood updates and other city service notifications and updates direct to your device at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/davenportdirect.


Wednesday, March 13th - 10:00 AM

The City has sandbags available to property owners impacted at currently predicted river levels between 17 and 18 ft.  They can be picked up between 7:30 am and 2:30 pm through Friday, March 15th at our Marquette Facility located at 232 Marquette St.


Tuesday, March 12th - 3:30 PM

A record winter, rain in the forecast, and significant melting in the forecast have rivers predicted to rise quickly.  The current Mississippi River level is 8.9 FT.  The river is predicted to reach 13 FT Friday, March 15th; 16 FT Saturday, March 16th, and crest at 17.5 FT on Sunday, March 17th.

It is likely we will see higher than normal river levels now through May.

Due to predicted river levels, the city has activated its flood plan.

Following are some important items to note as we head into the weekend.
  We will issue another flood update on Thursday, March 14th. 

A separate release will be made tomorrow reference access to sandbags for properties affected at predicted river levels.

Roads

  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr will close sometime Friday or Saturday.
  • Periodic lane reductions and closures will occur on River Dr.
  • Beiderbecke will also see closures this weekend.

Recreation

  • Credit Island will be closed to the public beginning Friday.
  • The majority of the Riverfront Recreational Trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park will be closed due to water over the trail beginning sometime Friday into the weekend.
  • The boat dock at Marquette Landing may be removed before the weekend.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • The floodwalls at Modern Woodmen Park will be installed. Scheduled events and rentals will occur as scheduled.
  • The River’s Edge, Freight House and Farmer’s Market, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Race will not be impacted.However, riverfront parking may become inaccessible and, depending on river levels, portions of River Dr may be closed.

Other Measures

  • Pumps are being set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.

Staff is monitoring river levels and is prepared to respond according to the river stage.

For more information on flooding visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/flood.  

You can also sign-up to receive periodic flood updates at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/davenportdirect


Friday, March 8th - 10:00 AM

City Administration and Public Works participated in a second National Weather Service Spring Flood Outlook Briefing on Thursday, March 7th. There is a 90% chance the city will see moderate flooding (15 to 18ft), a 75 to 90% chance the city will see flooding at levels reaching 20ft, and a 50 to 75% chance of seeing river levels reach 22ft around mid-April.

The probability of reaching record river levels is not taken lightly, and staff is preparing for what is to come.

Stay tuned for updates as spring approaches.


Friday, February 22nd - 4:30 PM


Public Works participated in this afternoon’s National Weather Service Spring Flood Outlook Briefing.   There is a 95% chance the city will see moderate flooding (15 to 18ft), and a 50% chance for major flooding (above 18 ft) this spring.

The National Weather Service reported considerable run-off is likely in the weeks ahead due to lower than normal temperatures and more chances of precipitation in the coming weeks, combined with saturated soils and a higher than normal frost depth.

Residents can assist with localized flooding impacts by ensuring sump pumps are in working condition, and clearing off storm drains that may be covered by ice or other debris.

As part of standard operating procedure, Public Works reviews the flood plan and available resources in February in preparation for flood response in the coming year.

It has been an interesting winter weather season that is sure to bring us an interesting spring. For public works this means a busy spring responding to snow/ice/sleet, filling potholes and placing flood control as needed.

Public Works’ monitors creeks and river levels year round and is prepared to respond to conditions that may arise.

The community can sign-up for flood alerts at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/dpwnn.