MUSCATINE, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE 5/13/19: The City of Muscatine has reopened Mississippi Drive from Pine St. to Iowa Ave. as the Mississippi River continues to recede.
Crews are working on clean-up and taking down flood walls where possible. City officials say they hope to have the rest of the street ready to open by the end of the week, but it all depends on the weather, the amount of cleaning needed and any maintenance that is needed.
On Monday, city crews began clearing mud off of Mississippi Drive from Mulberry to Iowa. Officials are reminding drivers that this section of the street is still closed to traffic and parking until the street is fully reopened.
One area that will remain closed is Riverside Park. Officials say they hope to start cleaning the parking area and street surfaces next week, but there is a lot of work to be done, due to the amount of time that area has been underwater.
2nd St. at Mad Creek and River Road from Cannon Ave. to Sherman St. are also still closed.
The Mississippi River crested at 24.33 feet on May 3, the fourth highest crest in Muscatine's history, and is currently at 18.93 feet. The river is expected to drop below moderate flood stage, which is 18 feet, on Thursday.
The river has been above flood stage, which is 16 feet, for 59 consecutive days, a record for the city.
ORIGINAL: Muscatine is enforcing major road closures Tuesday, as crews in that community prepare for the highest crest in 11 years.
The Mississippi River is predicted to peak somewhere between 24 and 25 feet later this week. But with more rain in the forecast, the river could get closer to its record crest of 25.61 ft.
The city saw those unprecedented levels in 1993.
Tuesday morning, Muscatine Power & Water is turning-off power to traffic signals at Iowa and Mississippi Drive to prevent damage from flood waters.
And Mississippi Drive from Mulberry to Pine will also close, likely Tuesday evening, as flood water is starting to impact that road.