Flood panels up as Rock Island closes some public areas

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High water near Rock Island County Animal Shelter 4-18-13 (WQAD Photo)

Rock Island, Illinois crews placed barricades, flood panels and sandbags as water levels continued to rise along the Rock and Mississippi rivers.

Crews were installing pumps and closing gatewells in addition to barricading some roads and placing flood panels.

Access to Sunset Marina will be limited to lease holders on foot, since drive-through access to the marina and Sunset Park will be closed to traffic as of Thursday evening, April 18.  The marina’s fuel dock also closed Thursday, but the marina office will remain open.

The Great River Trail bike path closed Thursday between Crescent Bridge and the Moline city limits.

Fifth Avenue was also closed at the viaduct between 19th and 41st streets.

Temporary flood panels were installed at Schwiebert Riverfront Park on Thursday to help protect the park from flooding from water at the north end on the urban beach and waterfront promenade.  Areas south of the flood panels were expected to remain open.

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