DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 14, 2019) — The current river level is 12.65 feet and expected to crest at 18.1 feet on Sunday, March 17, which is an approximately six-foot rise in less than three days. The river will fall slightly after cresting; however, it 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.

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

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

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

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

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