Published: Sun, May 05, 2019
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

4 killed in Midwest flooding; roads closed, levees strained

4 killed in Midwest flooding; roads closed, levees strained

The Mississippi River is at record levels in some areas causing flooding in several river front towns.

Floodwaters swamped downtown Davenport, Iowa, Tuesday evening after a temporary flood barrier failed, sending people to the rooftops of buildings to seek shelter.

The latest estimate is $70 million more than the initial estimate issued last month. City officials say moderate riverfront flooding begins at 22 feet. The river is a key transportation artery for shipments of grain, agricultural chemicals, energy products and other commodities.

The river hit 22.64 feet shortly before noon Thursday, the National Weather Service reported, and the water continues to rise.

"We are monitoring it minute by minute", Gleason said at a Wednesday news conference, according to the Des Moines Register.

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Large parts of downtown Davenport, Iowa, were submerged this week as a record crest on the Mississippi River led to a flood barrier failure.

The Mississippi is expected to crest Friday afternoon in Hannibal at the third-highest level on records.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reported injuries.

"The Mississippi is closed to all vessel traffic due to extremely high water levels and fast-moving currents", said U.S. Coast Guard public affairs officer Brandon Giles. Emergency Management Director John Hark said the town plans to add 2 feet of additional height, probably using sandbags, on top of the levee.

Along the Osage River, high waters are inundating campsites at the Mari-Osa Campground.

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