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Flood Causing Problems for Celebrations


The 4th of July is just two days away. 

But high flood waters are bringing changes to Red, White and Boom!

Traffic is going to be a major issue for people going and just trying to leave. 

River Drive is still closed west of Gaines due to flooding.

And starting that on the morning of July 3, Centennial Bridge will be saying some lane closures. 

The fireworks are usually shot off a barge in the middle of the river but high water levels mean they will can't, and will be shot form the bridge. 

Starting at 9 AM, both lanes of the Iowa bound side will be closed. 

Two lanes on the Illinois side will stay open to allow traffic to move in both directions. 

At 9 tomorrow night, the bridge will be shut down completely for about an hour during the fireworks.

It will reopen to two lanes around 10 PM and will completely reopen as soon as possible. 

City leaders say this could be frustrating for some but patience will be needed by everybody to make sure the holiday goes off without a hitch.

"Pedestrians need to cross at crosswalks," says Davenport Chief of Police Frank Donchez Jr. "We got a lot of people down here and we don't want to see anyone injured over this."

"We think about 20,000 people came down here last here in the (Schweibert) Park and along the levy," says Bill Nelson, Director of Parks and Rec for Rock Island. "We expect this year to be the same case."

For the Rock Island celebration 1st Ave will be closed in front of Schweibert Park from 18th to 20th Streets.