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Flood Response 2018

Flood Response 2018
Posted on 05/25/2018
Flood Response 2018

Friday, May 25th, 2018 –7AM

The Mississippi is currently at 12.06ft, and expected to continue falling in the coming weeks.  We are closing out communication on this flood event with this update.

All recreational trail and roadways, with the exception of Credit Island Rd, have been cleaned and re-opened. 

The Compost Facility can be accessed from S Concord to Miller to Railroad, or from Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.

Credit Island is not open to the general public at this time.  Next week crews will be repairing significant damage to the causeway, and  continue clearing debris from other portions of the roadway around the island.  Staff estimates the road will be re-opened to the general public by June 1st.

New boat docks at Marquette Landing will be installed late next week. 

To sign-up for flood notifications or for more information on floods visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/flood.


Tuesday May 22nd 2018 - 4PM

The Mississippi River will fall below 13 feet on Wednesday, May 23. The following is an update on the status of the re-opening of roads and recreational facilities. Some locations may take some time to return to open status due to considerable debris deposited by floodwaters.

Roads

  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr, and Wapello and Miller between Railroad Ave and S Concord, may re-open by the end of the day Friday; depending on debris removal requirements.
  • Beiderbecke has been fully re-opened.
  • Gaines St will remain closed south of River Dr through the end of the week.

Recreation

  • Credit Island will not re-open to the general public for another week or two due to considerable debris and damage to Credit Island Rd as a result of floodwater.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park has re-opened
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing will be re-installed in two to three weeks. New docks are being placed when the docks are returned.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, remains available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Flood control measures are being removed beginning Wednesday, May 23. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House and Freight House Farmer’s Market, and Union Station remains open for business.

Events

  • There are no upcoming events that will be impacted.

Other Measures

  • Pumps are being removed as gates are re-opened.

We will issue a final flood update for this event on Friday, May 25th. A better idea on timing of re-opening of Credit Island (which may come in stages) and S Concord will be provided at that time.

Friday, May 18th, 2018 - 1:30PM

The Mississippi River is currently at 15.62ft and expected to continue receding over the coming week; receding below 15ft on Sunday, May 20th, and below 13ft on Wednesday, May 22nd.

We will continue re-opening roads and recreational facilities as the river continues to fall.

Roads

  • S Concord between Utah and River Dr, and Wapello and Miller between Railroad Ave and S Concord, will remain closed through late next week.The roads will be re-opened after: river levels recede to 13ft, debris can be removed from the roadway, and street sweeping is performed.
  • A small portion of Beiderbecke near Marquette has been re-opened.The road should fully re-open by mid-week next week, after debris can be removed and street sweeping performed.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr. The road should re-open by mid-week next week.

Recreation

  • Credit Island remains closed. The island will not re-open until sometime the week of May 21st, after the river recedes below 15ft, and roads can be cleaned.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is mostly closed due to water and/or mud and debris over the road. The trail is open between Marquette and Gaines St. Additional sections will be re-opened as the river falls and cleaning can be performed the week of May 21st.
  • Crews have begun debris removal and washing off mud at LeClaire Park.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing will be re-installed in two to three weeks. New docks are being placed when the docks are returned.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, remains available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Flood control measures will be removed early the week of May 21st. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House and Freight House Farmer’s Market, and Union Station remains open for business.

Events

  • There are no upcoming events that will be impacted.

Other Measures

  • Pumps are being removed as gates are re-opened.

We will issue our next flood update on Tuesday, May 29th as the river approaches 13ft.


Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 - 2:30PM

The Mississippi River is currently at 16.72ft and expected to continue receding over the coming week; receding below 16ft on Friday, May 18th, and to 13ft on Wednesday, May 22nd.

Staff has re-opened most of River Dr, with the exception of the stretch located between Iowa and Perry.  Staff anticipates re-opening the stretch between Iowa and Perry tomorrow, Wednesday, May 16th if the roadway is absent of water. Lane reductions in various low spots will remain in place through Thursday.

If river levels remain as forecast, the public will find roads and recreational facilities re-open as the river continues to recede.

Roads

  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord. These roads will be re-opened after river levels recede to 13ft and debris can be removed from the roadway.
  • Beiderbecke is fully closed, and is expected to re-open yet this week.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr. The road will re-open once the flood walls at Modern Woodmen Park are removed. Removal should take place early the week of May 21st.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed. The island will not re-open until sometime the week of May 21st, after the river recedes below 15ft, and roads can be cleaned.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the road. Portions may re-open later this week.
  • Water has impacted LeClaire Park.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed. The docks may remain out of the water for two to three more weeks. When re-installed, new docks are being placed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, remains available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Flood control measures will be removed early the week of May 21st. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House and Freight House Farmer’s Market, and Union Station remain open for business.

Events

  • There are no upcoming events that will be impacted.

Other Measures

  • Pumps will be removed as gates are re-opened.

We will issue our next flood update on Thursday or Friday of the coming week, as the river continues to recede and flood measures are removed.

Please be reminded not to play, wade, bike or drive through flood waters.  Conditions can be hazardous.


Sunday, May 13th, 2018 - 2:30PM

The Mississippi River crested at 17.41ft on Friday, May 11
th and has currently receded to 17.14ft.  The river is expected to continue to recede, reaching 15ft by Sunday, May 20th.  

We have included one of the aerial images captured by the Iowa Civil Air Patrol’s 41st Iowa Composite Squadron on Friday with this update.  It is an image of Credit Island at river level 17.4ft. While the lodge is inaccessible by car at this time, as you can see Credit Island Lodge is not affected at this river level. 

What the public might find interesting about the lodge, is that the city no longer puts a lot of preparation into protecting the facility due to flood proofing measures installed following a fire in 2013. Now, if the facility is impacted at higher river levels, there is little more to do than wash and sanitize the facility following a flood due to the flood proofing measures installed, such as: the installation of flood vents and moving electrical to higher elevations. This is a great demonstration of living with the highs and lows of the Mighty Mississippi, an open riverfront, and preservation of one of the city’s iconic facilities for many to enjoy for years to come.

Staff will continue monitoring river levels and are prepared to respond according to river level.

If river levels remain as forecast, the public will find roads and recreational facilities begin to re-open as the river recedes. 

Roads

  • River Dr is closed between Iowa and Division. In addition, Myrtle, Perry, Pershing and Iowa are closed south of 2nd St. Motorists are advised to use 3rd and 4th Streets as an alternate to River Dr.Staff anticipates this closure will be removed mid-to-late week.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord. These roads will be re-opened after river levels recede to 13ft and debris can be removed from the roadway.
  • Beiderbecke is fully closed, and is expected to re-open later this week.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr. Timing of the re-opening may be late this week or early the following week. 

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.It is not likely the island will re-open until the week of May 21st after roadways can be cleaned.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the road. Portions may re-open later this week.
  • Water has impacted LeClaire Park.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.The docks may remain out of the water for two to three weeks.When re-installed, new docks are being placed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House and Freight House Farmer’s Market, and Union Station remain open for business.

Events 

  • There are no upcoming events that will be impacted.

Other Measures 

  • Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed. 

We will issue our next flood update on Tuesday or Wednesday of the coming week as the river continues to recede and flood measures are removed. 

Please be reminded not to play, wade, bike or drive through flood waters.  Conditions can be hazardous.


Friday, May 12, 2018 - Noon

The current Mississippi River level is 17.39ft, and cresting at 17.4ft today, and projected to recede below 16ft, on Thursday, May 17th.

Of note, the City of Davenport contracted the Iowa Civil Air Patrol’s 41st Iowa Composite Squadron, based at the Davenport Municipal Airport, to obtain aerial imagery of the river nearing crest earlier today.  These images support the city’s flood plan and will serve as a great resource for evaluating response and mitigation methods. We hope to share some of these photos with the public in the near future once they have processed.

Staff is monitoring river levels, and prepared to respond to changing conditions.

The following flood measures are currently in place.

Roads

  • River Dr is closed between Iowa and Division. In addition, Myrtle, Perry, Pershing and Iowa are closed south of 2nd St. Motorists are advised to use 3rd and 4th Streets as an alternate to River Dr.
  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord.
  • Beiderbecke is fully closed.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the road.
  • Water has impacted LeClaire Park.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House and Freight House Farmer’s Market, and Union Station remain open for business.

Events

  • There are no upcoming events that will be impacted.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed.

We will issue our next flood update on Sunday, May 13th as the river begins to recede.


Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The current Mississippi River level is 17.21ft, and expected to crest at 17.5ft on Friday, May 11th.

Due to arriving River levels, eastbound River Dr is being detoured at Division St to 3rd St, and westbound River Dr is being detoured at 4th St to Division St.  Eastbound Truck traffic will need to take River Dr to Division to Kimberly Rd due to construction and closure on various streets throughout the city, including Locust.

Staff is monitoring river levels, and will be implementing flood plan measures as appropriate to changing conditions.

The following flood measures have been or will be implemented based on current and predicted conditions.

Roads

  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord.
  • Beiderbecke will be fully closed by this afternoon.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr.
  • River Dr as noted above. In addition, Myrtle, Perry, Pershing and Iowa are closed south of 2nd St. Additional north/south streets south of 2nd St may become closed tomorrow, Thursday, May 10th.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the road.
  • Water is impacting LeClaire Park.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House and Freight House Farmer’s Market, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

There are no upcoming events that will be impacted.

Other Measures

Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed.

We plan to issue another flood update until Friday, May 11th as the river begins to crest.

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 10:30 AM

The current Mississippi River level is 16.29ft, and expected to crest at 17.8ft on Friday, May 11th.

Due to predicted levels, River Dr has been closed between Iowa and Perry Streets for installation of a flood barrier.  Additional lane reductions will be placed in various low points along River Dr as the river level rises. The detour for eastbound River Dr between Iowa and Perry is River Dr to Brady, to 3rd St, to River Dr, and the westbound detour is River Dr to 4th St, to Harrison St, to River Dr.

Staff is monitoring river levels, and will be implementing flood plan measures as appropriate to changing conditions.

The following flood measures have been or will be implemented based on current and predicted conditions.

Roads

  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord.
  • Beiderbecke will be fully closed by this afternoon.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr.
  • River Dr as noted above. In addition, Perry, Pershing and Iowa will be closed south of 2ndSt.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The riverfront recreational trail between Credit Island and LeClaire Park is closed due to water over the road.
  • Water has begun to impact LeClaire Park.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

There are no upcoming events that will be impacted at this time.

Other Measures

Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed.

We do not plan to issue another flood update until Thursday, May 10th unless river levels significantly change.

Please be reminded not to: play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater. Flood currents can present hazardous conditions, not to mention the hidden dangers that can lie within the floodwater.  It can take just 12 inches of water to float a car, and 6 inches to knock you off your feet.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/flood for links to river levels and other flood related information.


Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 3:30 PM

The current Mississippi River level is 15.43ft, and is expected to reach 16ft on Sunday, May 6th, and crest at 17.9ft on Thursday, May 10th. 

Due to predicted levels, River Dr will be closed between Iowa and Perry Streets for installation of a flood barrier beginning at 9am, Monday, May 7th.  Additional lane reductions will be placed in various low points along River Dr as the river level rises. The detour for eastbound River Dr between Iowa and Perry is Division to 3rd St, to River Dr.  The detour for westbound River Dr is 4th St to Division, to Rockingham Rd, to River Dr.

Staff is monitoring river levels, and will be implementing flood plan measures with river level rise. 

The following flood measures have been or will be implemented based on current and predicted conditions.

Roads

  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord.
  • Beiderbecke will be fully closed sometime Monday.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr.
  • River Dr as noted above. In addition, Perry, Pershing and Iowa will be closed south of 2ndSt.

Recreation

  • Credit Island is closed.
  • The riverfront bike path between Credit Island and Marquette is closed.
  • The riverfront bike path between Marquette and LeClaire Park will become covered with water beginning sometime Sunday.
  • LeClaire Park will begin to be affected on Sunday.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.

Facilities 

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

  • There are no upcoming events that will be impacted at this time.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed.

Our next flood update will be issued on Monday, May 7th.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The current Mississippi River level is 14.77ft.  Due to heavy rains to the north in recent days, the National Weather Service has revised the expected crest to 17.8’ on Friday, May 11th.   Staff is monitoring river levels, and will be implementing flood plan measures with river level rise.

The following flood measures have been or will be implemented based on current and predicted conditions. 

Roads

  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Wapello and Miller are closed between Railroad Ave and S Concord.
  • Portions of Beiderbecke will become affected over the weekend.
  • Gaines St is closed south of River Dr.
  • Pending actual and forecasted river levels, River Dr may be closed between Iowa and Perry beginning Monday morning.The public will be notified and a detour placed when this occurs. Additional lane reductions on other various locations along River Dr are to be anticipated beginning on Monday as well.

Recreation

  • Credit Island will be closed beginning Saturday evening.
  • The riverfront bike path between Credit Island and Marquette is closed.
  • The riverfront bike path between Marquette and LeClaire Park will become affected on Sunday.
  • LeClaire Park will begin to be affected on Sunday.
  • The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed.

Facilities

  • Access to the Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave, is available via Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello to Railroad Ave.
  • Modern Woodmen Park remains open. Appropriate flood control measures have been placed. Visitors should park in the Florian Keen Parking Lot.
  • The River’s Edge, the Freight House, and Union Station will remain open for business.

Events

  • The Twisted Cat Outdoor Catfish Tournament, scheduled to take place at Marquette Landing on Saturday, May 5th from 6am to 5pm, will be held as planned.NOTE: Marquette will be closed to through traffic at Beiderbecke for this event. Subject to change if river levels rise quicker than forecast.
  • The Rev It Up for Awareness Ride and Charity Event is being held at Centennial Park on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th.Beiderbecke will be closed between Marquette and Gaines for this event.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed to prevent river levels from backing into the storm sewer system in various low lying areas within the City.

Our next flood update will be issued around 3pm, Saturday, May 5th.

Please be reminded not to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater. Flood currents can present hazardous conditions, not to mention the hidden dangers that could lie within the floodwater.  It can take just 12 inches of water to float a car, and 6 inches to knock you off your feet.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/flood for links to river levels and other flood related information.


Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 2:00 PM

The current river level is 13.78ft and expected to crest at 16.2ft on Tuesday, May 8th. Flood measures will be implemented as the river rises this week.

The following flood measures have been or will be implemented based on current and predicted conditions.

Roads

  • S Concord is closed between Utah and River Dr. Portions of Wapello and Miller Ave between Railroad Ave and S Concord will be closed later this week.
  • Portions of Beiderbecke will be impacted this weekend.

Recreation

  • Credit Island will be closed at Midnight, Saturday, May 5th.
  • The riverfront bike path between Credit Island and Marquette will close sometime Friday.
  • The riverfront bike path between Marquette at LeClaire Park will be impacted sometime Saturday or Sunday.
  • LeClaire Park will be impacted sometime Saturday or Sunday.

Facilities

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

Events

  • The Twisted Cat Outdoor Catfish Tournament, scheduled to take place at Marquette Landing on Saturday, May 5th from 6am to 5pm, will be held as planned.  NOTE: Marquette will be closed to through traffic at Beiderbecke for this event. Subject to change if river levels rise quicker than forecast.
  • The Rev It Up for Awareness Ride and Charity Event, scheduled to take place at Credit Island on Friday, May 4th and Saturday May 5th, will be held as planned, with the exception that camping will not be permitted on the island overnight Saturday, May 5th. Subject to change if river levels rise quicker than forecast.

Other Measures

  • Pumps have been or will be set, and appropriate gates closed to prevent river levels from backing into the storm sewer system in various low lying areas within the City.
  • Sandbags are available for pickup to individuals impacted by flooding at predicted river levels. The sandbags are available for pickup at the Public Works Marquette Facility located at 232 S Marquette St just outside the gate.

Additional flood plan measures will be implemented with river level rise.

Crews are monitoring conditions and prepared to respond as needed.

Staff does not anticipate issuing another update until Saturday, May 5th unless there are significant changes in predicted river levels.

Please be reminded not to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater. Flood currents can present hazardous conditions, not to mention the hidden dangers that could lie within the floodwater.  It can take just 12 inches of water to float a car, and 6 inches to knock you off your feet.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/flood for links to river levels and other flood related information.


Monday, April 30, 2018 - 10:00 AM


The City is activating its flood plan.  The Mississippi River level is currently 11.82ft and predicted to reach 13ft on Wednesday, May 2nd, and 15.7ft on Sunday, May 6th. Flood measures will be implemented as the river rises this week. Initial measures include:

  • Staging road closure and high water signs along S Concord between River Dr and Utah. High water and street closure signs will be set when river levels reach 13ft, and water begins to cover portions of S Concord on our about Wednesday.
  • Setting pumps and closing gates to prevent river levels from backing into the storm sewer system in various low lying areas within the City.
  • Staging sandbags for individuals along S Concord who may be impacted by flooding at predicted river levels. Sandbags will be available for pickup beginning Wednesday, May 2nd at the Public Works Marquette Facility located at 232 S Marquette St just outside the gate.

Additional flood plan measures will be implemented as river level forecast and actual river levels changes occur.

An update on conditions and actions to be taken will be released on Wednesday, May 2nd as more becomes known about predicted river levels.

Please be reminded not to play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater. Flood currents can present hazardous conditions, not to mention the hidden dangers that could lie within the floodwater.  It can take just 12 inches of water to float a car, and 6 inches to knock you off your feet.  Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

For more information on the city’s flood response activities and for links to river gauges, visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/flood.  Citizens may also sign-up to receive notifications of flood events at various stages at www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/dpwnn.

Crews will be monitoring conditions and are prepared to respond as needed.