Crews keep pumps going, floodwaters minimal in Garden Addition neighborhood


A record-high level of the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities is what we’re contending with Thursday night.

Public works crews are working tirelessly to keep up with the water in southwest Davenport. 

The water is overflowing the drainage systems and running into the streets in the Garden Addition neighborhood.

Crews have been able to pump that water back into a nearby creek so far but city officials gave neighbors a flood notice Wednesday morning. 

They say with the historic Mississippi crest and lots of rainfall, that berm could be at risk. 

Dean harris has lived in the neighborhood for 15 years. 

He says every time it rains, there’s a problem. 

“The run off fills the streets up and the down pressure on the manholes causes the water to come up the drains in the basement,” Harris says.

But this time, his home has stayed dry. 

“I attribute that to Davenport city works has done such a good job getting pumps down here,” he says.

Public works crews have been pumping water bubbling up from the drains back into the Black Hawk Creek. 

They’ve also been monitoring the berm for any breaches. 

So far, crews have been able to keep pumping that water back to the creek, but some worry that there’s only so much it can take.

“We worry about the dike, [if] it would leak and have a breach,” Harris says. 

If that happens, or if crews can’t keep up with the drain overflow, there’s a plan. 

“They carry air horns. If we hear the horns we’re supposed to head for high ground,” says Harris. 

For now, he’s taking some precautions. 

“I’ve moved a few things out of my garage, an expensive rider tractor and a couple of generators,” he says. 

Harris says he’s looking forward to post-flooding.

“It’s a little cleanup and then we are back to paradise.” 

The berm in southwest Davenport was built after the 1965 floods and held up during the 1993 floods. 

The only difference now is much more rainfall. 

Davenport alderman Rick Dunn tells Local 4 News that although anything can happen, he’s confident they’ll stay dry through this historic flood, as well. 

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