Recent rainfall has resulted in higher river levels, causing the city to activate its flood plan. The Mississippi River level is currently 12.86ft and predicted to reach 14.9ft on Friday, September 7. Should the predicted crest remain at or below 14.9ft there will be little inconvenience or impact to the public.
Flood measures being implemented this week based on the current river level projection are:
- S Concord will be closed between Utah and River Drive later today as the river level approaches 13ft. Wapello and Miller between Railroad Ave and S Concord are not expected to close until later in the week.
- The Compost Facility will need to be accessed by taking Rockingham Rd/Hwy 22 to Wapello, to Railroad Ave beginning Wednesday, September 5.
- Pumps will be set and gates will be closed beginning today to prevent river levels from backing into the storm sewer system in various low lying areas within the City.
Sandbags will be made available for pickup should the river crest be revised to higher than currently predicted levels.
Additional flood plan measures will be implemented as river level forecast and actual river level changes occur. We do not anticipate issuing another flood update until Friday, September 7, unless forecasted river levels change significantly. Crews will be monitoring conditions and are prepared to respond as needed.
Please remind your audiences to not play, wade, walk, bike or drive through floodwater. Turn Around, Don’t Drown.