Iowa city flooded as levee breached by Mississippi

May 04, 2019, 01:27
Iowa city flooded as levee breached by Mississippi

FEMA says the Mississippi River is expected to crest Wednesday at more than 22 feet, approaching an all-time record set in 1993.

Portions of a downtown Iowa city were flooded after a levee meant to keep the Mississippi River's rising waters at bay failed, officials said.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Thursday for Wayne County after this week's heavy rains left widespread flooding, the AP reports.

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The Mississippi River at Chester on Friday was at almost 37 feet with the weather service forecasting it to crest at more than 43 feet by Monday.

People are encouraged people to avoid downtown Davenport if possible.

Mandatory evacuations will be put into place once the river reaches 24.6 feet. It's expected to crest a little more than a foot under the record at Muscatine, where officials have placed new berms and are diverting downtown traffic.

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The breach of the levee came as Iowa and Minnesota were bracing for flooding.

The National Weather Service website on Thursday afternoon showed the river level at 22.64 feet, just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993.

Deadly flooding from heavy rains and snow melt plagued areas from MI to the South, damaging homes and sending the Mississippi River in one spot to levels not reached in 157 years.

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Below is a listing of river stages and forecasts compiled by the Chicago National Weather Service office.

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