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Mississippi River hits moderate flood stage

The Mississippi is over 16 and a half feet in the Quad Cities and it will stay in moderate flood stage throughout the week, so you'll want to look out for area park and road closures.

The Mississippi River continues to swell Sunday.

The Mississippi is over 16 and a half feet in the Quad Cities and it will stay in moderate flood stage throughout the week, so you'll want to look out for area park and road closures.

"We've got a pretty detailed checklist that we go through from years of experience," said Rock Island Public Works Director Randy Tweet.

Public works crews around the area have their flood plans down to a science.

In Davenport south Concord Street, the Credit Island Causeway and parts of Beiderbecke Street are closed.

Flood panels have been installed at Modern Woodmen as water is starting to creep up around the ballpark.

LeClaire and Credit Island parks are also partially underwater.

In Moline River Drive from 23rd Street to 55th Streets is shut down.

And in Rock Island. The city closed 18th avenue near Lake Potter by Sunset Marina, and have placed discharge hoses along the great river trail bike path.

And with the water continuing to rise, crews are always ready for the worst.

"So at this point it would just be adding more pumps until we get to 18 feet and then we'd start putting the temporary flood walls down at Schwiebert Park. We're prepared for 16.5 feet so by 16.5 feet that's where we close 18th Avenue just at the very far western end and then the bike path," said Tweet.

The river is expected to crest Monday afternoon at 16.8 feet,

But with more rain in the forecast, it could end up even higher.

 

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