Mississippi River reaches record level in Quad Cities, several areas flooded

Firefighters check for people trapped in downtown Davenport on Tuesday after a barrier failed sending the Mississippi River into the streets

Firefighters check for people trapped in downtown Davenport on Tuesday after a barrier failed sending the Mississippi River into the streets

City leaders from Davenport, Bettendorf, and the Scott County Emergency Management Agency will give an update on the Mississippi River flooding at 1:30 p.m.

Sandbagging - an almost-annual ritual in many river towns - was underway, even in places with flood protection.

"It was just the one barrier, so we're not expecting the flooding to spread beyond what we're seeing now", Davenport Public Works Director Nicole Gleason said.

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"As far as Rock Island is concerned, the stars kind of aligned to where they got rain right on top of what was already cresting near the record", Palmer said. The service isn't warning of severe weather upstream either, he said. Davenport has no permanent levee or floodwall. It reached 22.33 feet in 2001. "We are totally unprotected".

Ahead of this historic flooding, in the midst of the heavy rains, hundreds of volunteers worked to reinforce the levees and barriers, but it wasn't enough to keep the mighty Mississippi River at bay.

In northern IN, authorities say a 2-year-old boy was killed on Thursday when his mother drove past a "high water" sign IN Wabash County and into a flooded road. "It's fortunately a relatively small area being flooded", Klipsch said.

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The Meramec River in suburban St. Louis is rising fast and will crest Sunday and Monday around 15 feet (4.5 meters) above flood stage in towns like Arnold and Valley Park, threatening several homes and businesses.

Sections of Water Street and some parking lots between Hamilton and Harrison Streets will also close.

In other areas throughout the Midwest and the South, flooding has made roads impassable and forced the closure of two Mississippi River bridges in Quincy, Illinois, and Louisiana, Missouri. But the high water could bring a mandatory halt to river traffic, including barges.

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