The Mississippi is receding, but these homes along the river are still underwater

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The Mississippi is receding, but these homes along the river are still underwater

The Mississippi River is going down, but for the residents on East Harbor Drive in Bettendorf life still is not back to normal.

There’s only house you can access by car, so neighbors getting creative to keep themselves and their homes dry.”

Pleasant Harbor resident Norm Marcov says he’s a lucky guy. His house is dry thanks to four water pumps that go off every 15 seconds. 

“Without these pumps, I mean I have a walk out so we would be in a mess,” Marcov said.

The water on his street is also shallow enough so that he can drive his golf cart home. 

Even when the river was at its highest Marcov and his neighbors could still get to their homes on foot. 

“We have a path that goes all the way through the backyards and we can get all the way through to the end of the road,” he said.

But down river, Craig Winters still isn’t that lucky. 

“Right now you just boat in and out,” he said. “It’s a pain, but we do what we do.”

He says there are about 30 homes on Spencer Road in Pleasant Valley, Iowa, and everyone relies on boats tied up to a nearby fence to finish their commute home. 

Winters’ garage and basement are filled with water. 

“I don’t know what’s going on down there,” he said. “You know you hear stuff falling all the time, but what do you do?”

But after nearly 20 years along the river, Winters isn’t planning on leaving and neither is Marcov.

“It’s worth it,” he said.
 

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