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Levee breach leaves Iowa city under 6 feet of water

Firefighters walk a rescue boat down West River Drive along the freight house in Davenport on Tuesday April 30 Levee breach leaves Iowa city under 6 feet of water
Kristine Garrett | 04 May, 2019, 03:12

At least five deaths are attributed to this week's flooding and severe weather.

Around 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, the temporary levee began to be breached as Davenport Police and fire were telling people to leave the area, The Quad-City Times reported.

The Mississippi's already been above major flood stage for more than a month, and the flood risk could stretch into summer.

"The reality is, we have to take a look at if the rain keeps flowing and the flood keeps flooding, we have to wait until that recedes until we can come in and make long-term changes", said Frank Klipsch, the mayor of Davenport.

"We live with this river", he said.

"Rounds of additional rain in Iowa and IL and a melt of snow cover from some April storms pushed the river higher since late April", Erdman added. Officials say the levee is so long that sandbagging isn't an option.

The river reached a height of 22.64 feet, just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993.

Two Mississippi River bridges - one at Quincy, Illinois, and another at Louisiana, Missouri, have been forced to close. The latest crest prediction has the river reaching about 5 feet (1.5 meters) short of the top of the levee, but with heavy rain in the forecast most of this week and next, town leaders are taking no chances.

"We've been through this before", West Alton Emergency Management Director Gary Machens told the Associated Press.

Additionally, the waters could rise to infiltrate the Ottawa River Rescue building.

The National Weather Service projects the river will reach 12 1/2 feet above flood stage in St. Louis, which would leave it lapping at the steps of the Gateway Arch grounds.

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