City of Davenport releases statement; defends flood plan following barrier breach

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - The city of Davenport's City Administrator, Corrin Spiegel, has released a letter to residents and business owners following the barrier breach 29 days ago.

The three-page letter does not identify what caused the Hesco Barrier to give way, but it does defend the city's flood plan and addresses the time city workers have spent working on this plan.

In the letter, Spiegel says in part that city workers have "gone 68 days straight on overtime. Almost all of their resources are finite; things like time, energy, funding, manpower, and equipment only stretch so far."

Spiegel also goes on to address those affected by the flooding, saying in part "Davenport's flood plan is not and never was intended specifically to protect businesses. As you review the entire length of the riverfront, you will find that to be generally true." Going on to say how the plan was intended to protect public assets and infrastructure.

Rick Harris, President and Mead Maker at Bootleg Hill Honey Meads says he hopes the City of Davenport does not turn its back on the flooded businesses in downtown. The cleanup process for Harris is still going on.

He says business was just picking up again when a temporary flood wall made of Hesco barriers broke. About four inches of water came into their business. As of now, Harris says they are not sure how much money they have lost, but he estimates anywhere from thousands to hundreds.
Harris says once the city put up the barrier, they believed that the city then took on some responsibility to protect the businesses. He feels when they first moved to downtown, the city was supportive, but since the flood the only assistance they got was clean-up supplies. Harris says since they have invested so much into downtown. They hope the city is there for them.

ā€œIā€™m certain that the city will step up to the plate and again, not turn their back on the downtown and businesses that they've spent $460 million on and not to help the businesses now would be really a shame,ā€ said Harris.

Harris says he doesn't have plans to leave downtown. He hopes the voices of business owners are being heard that they need help, specifically financial aid and they feel they are currently not getting any of that.

As the Mississippi River rises again, the city is currently putting up temporary barriers again. Harris thinks this one will hold.

You can read the full document below. APP USERS: You can view the statement at this link.