Davenport’s flood plan helps city to respond

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Davenport's flood plan is providing the city with experienced responses. After a one-two punch of heavy rain and high water, it's enough to push this flood into the top ten.

There's a raid on the River Bandits these days. As flood water starts to surround the stadium, crews get to work.

They're placing panels on a flood wall that protects Modern Woodmen Park. Piece by piece, it will save the stadium from going under water as it did in the past.

"Lord willing, on the field it will be good," said River Bandits General Manager Harold Craw. "We'll be able to play, and we can invite the fans inside the walls."

It looks like a puzzle in the parking lot.

"We live on the river," said Jeff Bertelsen, Ryan and Associates. "Got to get used to it."

They're putting together a temporary walkway to River's Edge. Somehow, it all fits into place.

"The walls are dropping in and the bridges, everything," said Stefanie Brown, executive director of Modern Woodmen Park. "In the five years I've been here, it's amazing how far we've come."

Fortunate that the team is on the road. They'll return to the stadium on April 25 ready to play.

Still, most of Davenport's River Drive will close. Splashing is a sign of the times, and there's bubbling from an overtaxed storm sewer system.

"The water is coming up through the manholes in the streets," said Davenport Public Works Director Mike Clarke. "That's what we're seeing on the surface right now."

Not far away, crews work at Iowa American Water Company. Its permanent flood wall project is getting reinforcements. This is a plan in action for success.

That planning and preparation should protect Davenport as the high water continues to rise in coming days.