Downtown Davenport floods after Mississippi River levee breach

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KCAU) – The City of Davenport is coordinating with the American Red Cross and Salvation Army to assist residents after a breach in the River Drive flood protection. Approximately 25 people were assisted in the evacuation of the area.

The Mississippi River had high water levels all spring, but Tuesday the high waters broke through a temporary levee built to hold back the river. Parts of downtown Davenport were underwater Tuesday night. Rescue crews helped those stuck in their cars or in one case, on a roof from the sudden rush of water.

The National Weather Service is saying river levels have stabilized, but the Mississippi is forecast to crest by Wednesday evening. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said on Twitter that she is in contact with local officials and will make sure resources are available. 


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