HESCO barrier creates new tourist spot downtown

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While the flooding is keeping some away, on a beautiful day, it’s also bringing people out.

The HESCO flood barrier has turned into a tourist spot in front of the Front Street Brewery and Roam.

We saw Quad Citians posing and snapping pics while grabbing a bite to eat.

“Seeing the river this high, knowing we’re this far off shore, has been incredible to see especially because we’re so close,” says Steve Berg.

Major flooding on the Mississippi has brought the river’s edge in about 200-feet to river drive in Davenport.

The HESCO barrier is the only thing keeping these downtown businesses dry.

“Thank goodness for the wall because a lot of businesses would be impacted by this,” says Linnea Berg. “It’s great there is a wall option.”

That wall also allows curious locals to get up close and personal at the new riverfront.

“It gives opportunities like this to see what impact the Mississippi can have on floods and the communities,” says Steve, “16 years ago it was a much different story.”

Nearby LeClaire Park is completely submerged.

Streets have closed for blocks inland, and detours are the way of life for the time being.

Linnea and Steve tell Local 4 News, they just take it all in.

“It’s an impressive sight,” says Steve, “gives the mighty Mississippi a whole new meaning, right.”

There are some amazing pictures of the flooding in and around the Quad Cities.

You can share your pictures with us on the the free Our Quad Cities app.

Check out our flood photo gallery here.

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