More than 100,000 people are expected to converge on the Quad-Cities Saturday when Davenport hosts the final leg of RAGBRAI, the Bix 7 and Street Fest.
In a news conference Thursday afternoon, city and tourism officials said the potential for rising river levels hasn't changed any plans for the downtown events.
"We're still planning for a great party," assistant city administrator Tanisha Briley said. "The RAGBRAI, the Bix race, the Street Fest, the farmer's market, our baseball games this weekend are all planning to go forward."
Officials said they expected any flooding to be minimal but will be prepared if any problems arise.
Although no additional flood walls are expected to be erected, thecity's Emergency Operations Center has been opened and residents along South Concord Street are advised to monitor flood warnings and take any necessary precautions.
The rising river is not expected to affect the 15,000 participants of the Quad City Times Bix 7 road race, which starts in downtown Davenport at 8 a.m. Saturday.
The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, a seven-day, 452.8 -mile ride, with 15,000 riders, ends Saturday with the ceremonial front-tire dip in the Mississippi River at the Marquette Street Boat Ramp.
If the river rises too much, RAGBRAI participants camping at Credit Island and the dip site will be relocated, said Joe Taylor, Quad-Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau president and CEO.
The annual street fest on 2nd Street, from 10 a.m. to midnight today and 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday, also is expected to draw large crowds. Admission is free for the fest, which includes live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, video game tournaments and a NASCARsimulator.
Davenport police Capt. Dave Struckman said additional parking will be available downtown this year. There also will be marked areas where people can pick up RAGBRAI riders and medical tents.
"We're down to almost D-Day and we're going to experience problems, without a doubt," he said. "There will be thousands and thousands of people, but it's our job to find solutions and resolve it."
Today is Tuesday, Sept 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: It is estimated that 300,000 people attended the recent Democratic convention in Chicago when Gen. George B. McClellan of New Jersey was nominated as a candidate for president of the United States. 1889 — 125 years ago: Alderman Frank Ill, Winslow Howard and Captain J.M. Montgomery returned from Milwaukee, where they attended the national Grand Army of the Republic encampment. 1914 — 100 years ago: Three members of the Rock Island YMCA accepted positions as physical directors of other associations. Albert Cook went to Kewanee, C.D. Curtis to Canton and Willis Woods to Leavenworth, Kan. 1939 — 75 years ago: Former President Herbert Hoover appealed for national support of President F.D. Roosevelt and Congress in every effort to keep the United States out of war. 1964 — 50 years ago: The Rock Island Junior chamber pf Commerce has received answers to about 65 % of the 600 questionnaires mailed out recently in a "Community Attitude Survey" to analyze sentiments of citizens towards their city's various recreational, educational, and civic service programs. 1989 — 25 years ago: The two thunderstorms passing through the Quad Cities last night and early today left some area residents reaching for their flashlights.