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Mississippi River reaches record high level in Quad Cities

Mississippi River reaches record high level in Quad Cities

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The river is expected to crest Wednesday evening or overnight at 22.4 feet in Davenport, short of the record crest of 22.6 feet set in July 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. "That could change with heavy rain". City officials say moderate riverfront flooding begins at 22 feet.

While there are no major flood concerns in the Fox Valley, our sister station WCSJ reports that the Illinois River in Morris could see historic levels.

In Hannibal, Missouri, the MS is expected to crest Friday afternoon at the third-highest level on records, the Hannibal Courier-Post reports.

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People are encouraged people to avoid downtown Davenport if possible.

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

With flood recovery in high gear along the Missouri River, Iowa's other high-water bookend is taking aim at Davenport.

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.

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