Preparations are underway to help minimize effects of flooding in and around the Quad Cities, where rivers are forecast to crest between Friday, June 28 and Monday, July 1, 2013.
The Wapsipinicon had one crest Wednesday, June 26 and a second, high crest was forecast along the river upstream of Anamosa through Independence. Flood Stage along the Wapsi at DeWitt 4S is 11 feet, and the stage was 13.4 feet Sunday evening. The second crest previously forecast for July 1 has been removed from the forecast. The river is expected to fall below flood stage Friday evening. Residences along the river will be affected.
Flood stage for the Rock River at Joslin is 12 feet, and it about three feet above on Sunday evening. Moderate flooding is expected to continue until Saturday. At 15 feet, water affects residences in the Thompson addition.
Flood stage for the Rock River at Moline is also 12 feet, and the river was forecast to rise to 13.2 feet by Monday evening before it begins to fall. At 13 feet, affects homes on South Shore Drive and cuts off access to homes east of the I-74 bridge. Water may also affect 7th Street in Coal Valley. The river was forecast to fall below flood stage by Friday, July 5.
Moderate flooding was occurring along the Mississippi River at Rock Island Lock & Dam 15, where flood stage is 15 feet. The river was at 17.9 feet Sunday evening and was forecast to fall below flood stage Sunday, July 7. At 18 feet water surrounds Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport.
Minor flooding was forecast for the Mississippi River at Le Claire Lock & Dam 14, where flood stage is 11 feet. The river was at 12 feet and steady Sunday evening. The river was expected to fall below flood stage Thursday morning. At 12 feet, water affects 182nd Street in Pleasant Valley.
The Mississippi River at Burlington was forecast to rise above its 15 foot flood stage to 19.9 feet by the morning of Tuesday, July 2. Major flooding was occurring on Sunday evening. At 20 feet, water reaches the front steps of the Burlington Municipal Auditorium and affects the parking lot there. At that level, water also affects industries on the south side of Burlington, and Riverview Park in Fort Madison.
Minor flooding was occuring Sunday morning and was forecast to continue along the Mississippi River at Camanche, where flood stage is 17 feet. The river is expected to fall below flood stage on Friday morning. At 17 feet, water affects low-lying residences at Albany.
The Mississippi River at Muscatine was forecast to rise above its 16-foot flood stage to 19.9 feet by Monday, July 1. On Sunday evening, the stage was 19.8 feet. At 20 feet, water affects Mississippi Drive at Mulberry Street, and also 5th Street at the Mad Creek Bridge.
Flood warnings were also issued for more locations along the Wapsipinicon, Cedar, Iowa, Spoon and Fox rivers which were forecast to crest over the weekend before July 4.