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2019 Flood Response

2019 Flood Response
Posted on 03/21/2019
2019 Flood Response

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.