Mississippi River rising in Iowa

Firefighters walk a rescue boat down West River Drive along the freight house in Davenport on Tuesday April 30

Levee breach leaves Iowa city under 6 feet of water

Some four blocks of the downtown Davenport were flooded with up to six feet of water, he said.

And at Muscatine Friday afternoon, the river is cresting at 8.3 feet over flood stage.

The National Weather Service website on Thursday afternoon showed the river level at 22.64 feet (6.9 meters), just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993.

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The body of Robbie Turner, 59, of Ava, Missouri, was found Wednesday. Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. John Lueckenhoff identified the man as 35-year-old Scott M. Puckett of Forsyth, Missouri. One of the men survived. Water everywhere. Homes, businesses, and lives ruined. And in northern in, a 2-year-old was killed when his mother drove onto a flooded road.

Public works employees in Alton erected a barrier wall Thursday after a Mississippi River surge closed roadways.

Davenport has no permanent levee or floodwall, leaving it vulnerable to the rising waters. Major flooding is forecast for the Illinois River segments at LaSalle, Morris and Ottawa and the Kankakee River at Shelby.

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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Davenport Friday.

River levels are near peak for this latest flooding episode. The river is a key transportation artery for shipments of grain, agricultural chemicals, energy products and other commodities.

The breach of the levee came as Iowa and Minnesota were bracing for flooding. "We are definitely vulnerable to a rain event". Emergency Management Director John Hark said the town plans to add 2 feet of additional height, probably using sandbags, on top of the levee. "But the potential is there as we get more rain for the river to stay high". Within minutes feet of flood water covered the riverfront streets.

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"All we can really do is wait and see", Gleason said.

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