Heavy rain has put communities in and around the Quad Cities in danger of flash flooding through at least Saturday, June 1 and continued flooding for several days.
Flood warnings were issued for locations along the Mississippi River between Dubuque and Quincy, including locations in the Quad Cities area. The warnings were in effect until further notice, and the Mississippi was forecast to crest around Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4 and 5.
Hesco barriers were being placed in the area of Rhythm City Casino, and flood protection barriers were being placed around Modern Woodmen Park on Friday, May 31. Davenport officials said the Mississippi River was expected to reach 17.3 feet there Tuesday, June 4
Temporary walkways were in place at Sunset Marina, where the access road to 100 and 200 docks was expected to close by 4 p.m. Friday, May 31.
A flood warning was also in effect until further notice for locations along the Spoon, Iowa, Maquoketa, Wapsipinicon, Skunk and North Skunk rivers.
The National Weather Service included these counties in the flash flood watch area: Bureau, Carroll, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, JoDaviess, McDonough, Mercer, Putnam, Rock Island, Stephenson, Warren and Whiteside counties in Illinois; plus Cedar, Clinton, Des Moines, Dubuque, Henry, Jackson, Jones, Lee, Louisa, Muscatine and Scott counties in Iowa.
A flash flood watch was also in effect through Saturday evening for Knox, Lee, Ogle and LaSalle counties as well as other locations east and south of the Quad Cities.
The National Weather Service website said an additional one to three inches of rain was possible in the flash flood watch locations. Three to seven inches has fallen in parts of our area since Saturday, May 25.
More rain and thunderstorms were expected Friday, and that rain will fall on already-saturated ground.
A flash flood watch means flash flooding is possible.