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Public Works Crews Prepare For Flooding

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 River levels are rising thanks to the rain and storms that swept through the area . The National Weather Service is now predicting the river could reach flood stage.  In Rock Island, city staff are preparing by installing pumps and closing gate wells. Starting today 18th avenue will close at Potter's Lake.  The great river trial will also close today at the Moline border.

"The flood is on its way. It's sort of on the doorstep as we call it," said Davenport Public Works director Mike Clarke.  

Clarke says public works crews spent the day getting the city ready for the flood that's headed our way.  

"The Modern Woodmen Park flood control wall is being installed today by our facilities department. If you're going to the ball game later this week, expect to see the walls up," said Clarke. "Pumps are being installed today at several locations."

The river reaches flood stage at 15 feet and that's a level it's expected to hit later today.  Clarke says it won't stop there.

"We're forecasted to get 16.8 feet Monday or so and over the weekend we expect to see some significant rise.  It will have some impacts on the downtown area," said Clarke.  

The flooding will cause road closures on some major Davenport streets.

"The water is up over top of Concord Avenue so now Concord is  closed from River Drive to Wapello," said Clarke.  "We may also see water in the outside lanes of River Drive down by skate park and the post office. We expect to lose at least one lane in each direction.

Davenport public works crews will be closely monitoring river levels, working around the clock to keep flood damage to a minimum.

"If it stays at the forecast level where its at, pretty much everything that we've done and are prepared to do for tomorrow and Sunday is all that we'll probably do," said Clarke.  "We've been through this a number of times. The teams are skilled at what we're doing and everybody knows what needs to be done

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