More sections of River Drive open as river levels continue dropping

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - UPDATE 6/14: More sections of River Drive are opening to the public as river levels continue dropping.

Eastbound River Drive will reopen to 3rd and 4th St. sometime Saturday. As of Friday afternoon, Davenport officials said crews were expected to finish cleaning late Friday or early Saturday.

Additional sections of the road are expected to reopen next week.

As of Friday evening, the Mississippi River at Rock Island was at 16.7 feet and could fall as low as 13 feet by Friday, June 21 if little to no rain arrives in the coming week.

ORIGINAL: As the Mississippi River at Rock Island continues to drop below major flood stage, crews are reopening parts of River Drive in Davenport.

Eastbound River Drive is open from 6th to Tremont. Westbound River Drive is open from Bettendorf to Bridge Ave.

Temporary flood barriers at 3rd and LeClaire, Mound and River Drive and Union Station have been removed. Crews will continue removing flood barriers and cleaning roads as the river recedes.

The river went below major flood stage, which is 18 feet, on Wednesday. As of Wednesday evening, the river level was 17.97 feet. Davenport officials say it could reach as low as 14 feet by June 19 if little to no rain arrives in the coming week.