How Davenport leaders are responding to the flood breach

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DAVENPORT, Iowa — One day after a massive levee breach leaked water into Downtown Davenport, city leaders came together to discuss their flood response and plans for recovery.

The Scott County Emergency Management Agency gathered the meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1.

What caused the breach?

The temporary flood levee had been in place for a record 48 days, according to Director of Davenport Public Works Nicole Gleason.  The river level and high rain volume, mixed with the long-standing levee is what she said is believed to have contributed to the breach.

To determine the official cause of the breach, Gleason said they would need to wait for flood waters to recede.

Gleason said city leaders started having concerns with the levee on Tuesday and were notifying businesses to take precautions.

“With the river level and the forecast change we did everything we could to maintain the protection,” she said.

Water pollution control is underway, according to Gleason.  She said the system is operating, but the volume is putting stress on the system.

What’s next?

A spokesperson with the Scott County Emergency Management Agency said they were working with Iowa Homeland Security Emergency Management.  They also said they were requesting additional resources from FEMA.

Within 7 – 10 days, leaders were looking to open a multi-agency resource center where property owners can go to apply for assistance.

Those affected are encouraged to monitor the City of Davenport and Scott County Emergency Management Agency’s websites for updated information.

“We are a resilient community,” said Mayor Frank Klipsch. “We come together and do what is necessary.”

There are currently no plans in place to pump water out of the downtown.  The water will remain in place until the water recedes, which is expected to be within 30 days or fewer.

What should businesses do?

Sandbags are available through the public works department.  You can either call Public Works at 563-326-7923 or submit a request here

If you are a business owner who is looking for volunteers, call 563-484-3098.

How can I help?

The Salvation Army is collecting items to help flood victims.  Click here to see what is needed and where to donate.

If you would like to be a volunteer, call 563-484-3086.

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