Live updates, video and photos from barrier breaches and record flooding in QC area


UPDATE: 2:22 p.m. The Scott County Emergency Management Agency is employing the use of pumps to move sewage into the rivers as record flooding has caused the wastewater plant to reach capacity.

Officials say the pumps will be used along the Mississippi River to keep sewage backups from happening throughout the Iowa cites along the river.

Update: As of 11:50, the Mississippi now has a new high mark. The river reached 22.64 ft. at that time this morning, surpassing the 1993 crest. Water levels are still rising.

UPDATE: The Mississippi River is now projected to crest at its highest level on record in the Quad Cities. Fueled by early morning rainfall on saturated ground, water levels will now crest around 22.7 ft. tonight. The previous 1993 record is 22.63 ft.

UPDATE: Our reporters continue to post updates about the flooding throughout the QC area.

UPDATE: Davenport city employees observed water bubbling from under the pavement outside of the City of Davenport’s Union Station around 9:50 p.m. Wednesday, says a city spokesperson:

“The river has infiltrated the ground and pavement surrounding the facility inside of the flood barrier so that despite efforts, floodwaters will get into the building.

No individuals are impacted.

Recovery from flooding on the lowest level will be necessary after the river recedes.

Tenants are being notified.”

UPDATE: Our reporters continue to post updates about the flooding throughout the QC area.

UPDATE: Our reporters continue to post updates about the flooding throughout the QC area.

UPDATE: Live updates from the breaches in Davenport and the QC area on Local 4 News at 5 and 6.

We have team coverage once again from the areas affected by the flood.

Watch live here:

UPDATE: Crews are boating neighbors to and from their cars to see if they can save any of their belongings from their submerged cars. 

UPDATE: There was a breach Wednesday in the flood barrier in Buffalo, Iowa, the Buffalo Fire Department told Local 4 News. 

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more updates as they become available on Local 4 News, Fox 18 News and

Take a look at some of the photos our viewers and staff have collected so far. We’ll keep adding as the water keeps rising — and you can forward yours to Local 4 on Twitter or Facebook or our app on your iPhone or Android phone. 

Check river levels any time at and see the top 10 floods at Locks and Dam 15 at Get your latest forecast at

UPDATE: The Illinois Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that construction work on the Interstate 80 bridge over the Mississippi River will be suspended at 2 p.m. due to the increased traffic on I-80 because of the downtown Quad Cities flooding that is causing limited access to the other river crossings.

The Government Bridge between Davenport, Rock Island and the Rock Island Arsenal is closed due to the breach in the HESCO flood barrier on Tuesday afternoon. The Centennial Bridge has been reduced to one lane each way due to flooding affecting the Davenport approach. The already-limited Interstate 74 bridge has water building up on the River Drive on-ramps and off-ramps.  Sandbags and pumps are being placed. 

The Interstate 280 bridge is unaffected at this point. 

Until further notice, all lanes will remain open on the I-80 Mississippi Bridge.


Construction work on the Interstate 80 bridge over the Mississippi River will begin on Wednesday.

Interstate Maintenance, Inc. will be starting the $191,000 contract to clean and wash the structure in
preparation for inspections, the Illinois Department of Transportation announced.

Daytime lane closures for both eastbound and westbound lanes will be required to complete the
work efforts. All lanes will be open to traffic from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and all
lanes open Friday thru Sunday.

The washing is scheduled to be completed in approximately 2 weeks. Drivers can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area.

UPDATE: Watch our digital exclusive newscast now and every weekday before Noon on

Today is a special edition of Local 4 News Midday, broadcast from the scene of yesterday’s barrier breach and flooding in downtown Davenport.

– How businesses are dealing with the rising waters

– How you can help

– How first responders in Bettendorf dealt with Floodwaters while fighting a garage fire

Be sure to download our app on your iPhone or Android phone for local breaking news alerts and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates throughout the day.

UPDATE: People looking to volunteer with flood assistance should call Scott County Emergency Management Agency at 563-484-3086. Your skills will be matched with current locations
needing assistance. Upon arrival at the volunteer site, you should anticipate having to sign in
and provide your name. This is required in case the event qualifies for potential Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) reimbursement in the future.

If you are a business or resident requiring volunteer assistance, call Scott County Emergency
Management Agency at 563-484-3098.

The call center will be staffed between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m, until further notice.
If you’re looking to provide donated items, please contact the Salvation Army at 309-566-0305.

UPDATE: The latest on downtown Davenport flooding.

UPDATE: Davenport city leaders hold press conference to address flooding downtown.

UPDATE: A large section of downtown Davenport is underwater tonight.

The HESCO barriers at Pershing Street gave way on this 38th day above major flood stage around 4 p.m.

That sent water rushing into several blocks and sent people rushing to get out of the way.

And the Mississipi River is expected to keep rising — to 22.4 feet.
Local 4 News has been on top of this for you since it happened with team flood patrol coverage.

Here’s an idea of the significance this flash flood is having in downtown and the Quad Cities overall.

Three square blocks got hit with the majority of the flooding when the barrier breached. 

All rail traffic along the riverfront that goes through Davenport is stopped. 

And the Government Bridge to the Rock Island Arsenal is closed until further notice because water covers the entry and exit point in Davenport.

UPDATE: Live updates from the breach in Davenport as seen from 5-7 p.m. on Local 4 News as flood waters filled downtown.

UPDATE: The City of Davenport is coordinating with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to assist any residents affected by the breach in the River Drive flood protection. Approximately 25 people were assisted in evacuation of the area and in area of Second Street west of Brown Street. No one needed medical attention.

The Red Cross has opened a shelter at Lincoln School, 318 East 7th Street, Davenport. No one has utilized the shelter as of early Tuesday evening.

Salvation Army is accepting donations of bottled water, non-perishable food/snacks, new pillows and bed sheets, towels and wash clothes, and toiletries. Donations can be dropped off at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Businesses located within the flood zone can request sandbags by calling Public Works at (563) 326-7923. The Mississippi River is forecasted to rise another 5 inches on Wednesday.

Downtown residents and workers can park for free in the Harrison Street ramp because the Redstone ramp is affected by flood water.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to avoid areas closed for emergency operations and city crews. Please obey all road closures and detour signs.

The HESCO barrier that extends on River Drive from Bechtel to Perry Street breached at about 3:30 p.m. at Pershing. Water immediately filled the area up to Third Street and affected buildings from River Drive to Second Street.

Public Works, Fire, Police and Emergency Management staff were at the scene and worked to assist individuals in exiting the affected area.

The breach has also made Government Bridge inaccessible from East Second Street.

Traffic from the Government Bridge should exit via the Moline side, Second Street is not accessible

UPDATE: Davenport Public Works just dumped a truckload of sandbags.

UPDATE: The Red Cross is setting up in the Radisson for anyone living in apartments affected by the breach.

UPDATE: Just spoke with the owner of Abernathy’s who says police told her there was a possibility of a breach around noon.


Water is quickly filling 2nd Street. About a dozen cars are underwater and fire crews are rescuing people from buildings.

The City of Davenport sent out a news release:

The HESCO barrier on River Drive has failed at Pershing Avenue. The area of Pershing, Iowa Street and 2nd Street is underwater.

Staff from Public Works, Fire, Police and Emergency Management is on the scene. Individuals impacted by the breach are being assisted with exiting the area.

Traffic from the Government Bridge should exit via the Moline side, 2nd Street is not accessible. Travel south of 3rd Street is not advised.


Local 4 News’ Grace Runkel reports there’s been a breach in the HESCO barrier in Davenport. Crews are performing river rescues now.


The National Weather Service put out an emergency alert saying there is a “flash flood emergency in downtown Davenport. HESCO barrier breach is imminent.”

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