Davenport officials say permanent flooding would hinder view of Mississippi River

Firefighters check for people trapped in downtown Davenport on Tuesday after a barrier failed sending the Mississippi River into the streets

Update: The Flash Flood Watch in the Fox Valley for Thursday has now been cancelled. By Thursday, the river was within inches of the 1993 all-time high, and expected to top it.

The HESCO Group said it has investigators on the ground looking into what caused a temporary flood barrier to fail in Davenport Tuesday flooding portions of downtown.

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.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reported injuries.

City officials are asking both locals and travelers to avoid downtown Davenport as recovery efforts continue.

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.

Mandatory evacuations will be put into place once the river reaches 24.6 feet.

Ahead of this historic flooding, in the midst of the heavy rains, hundreds of volunteers worked to reinforce the levees and barriers, but it wasn't enough to keep the mighty Mississippi River at bay.

Friday morning, the National Weather Service was projecting the Mississippi River at Chester to rise to 43.6 feet by Monday.

In suburban St. Louis, the river is expected to reach 9 to 10 feet above flood stage Saturday at several locations in northeast Missouri and at Quincy, Ill. The service isn't warning of severe weather upstream either.



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