More flooding is inevitable in the Quad-Cities even as water levels steadily decrease, according to Linda Engebretson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
The Mississippi River likely will see flooding as snow continues to melt up north, she said. While most of the snow has melted upstream on the Rock River, drought conditions and the possibility of heavy rainfall also may cause future flooding this year, the meteorologist said.
Last year's drought led to minimal flooding, Ms. Engebretson said. But those conditions may contribute to increased water levels this year if dry ground is unable to absorb water as quickly as snow melts, she said.
Water levels along the Rock River were observed as high as 15.91 feet near Joslin and 13.66 feet near Moline on Thursday. Flood stage for both areas is 12 feet. The high water caused the Rock Island County Highway Department to close a portion of Barstow Road east of Interstate 80 on Tuesday.
Even with the Rock River now receding, Moline and Joslin remain under a flood warning until Sunday morning, Ms. Engebretson said.
At 6:30 p.m. Friday, the Rock River near Joslin was at 14.05 feet, more than two feet above the 12-foot flood stage, according to the NWS. At the same time, the Rock was at 13.14 feet near Moline where flood stage also is 12 feet.
The river is expected to fall below flood levels after noon on Sunday, according to the NWS. A mostly dry forecast next week will allow it to return to normal levels, Ms. Engebretson said.
Today is Wednesday, March 12, the 71st day of 2014. There are 294 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Soldiers from the barracks on the Arsenal manage to elude the vigilance of the guard nearly every day and come to town armed. In the hands of excited and perhaps intoxicated men, these weapons are dangerous. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Manufacturing's merchants and professional men of Moline were petitioning the Western Union Telegraph company to establish a telegraph office in the business area of the city. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Three Rock Island students, the Misses Eleanor Cleaveland, Dorothy McCabe and Ruth West, escaped injury when fire destroyed College Hall at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War gave a party for William H. Stremmel, the only survivor of John Buford Post 243, GAR. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The East Moline Grade School Board of Education last night granted salary increases totaling about $47,000 to teachers and staff members. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Five champion spellers from the Rock Island/Milan School district were selected after competition this week at Modern Woodmen of America. Winners are Sarah Cottay, Christopher Gilbrich, Jared Vogele, Kedric Roper and Kenny Stevenson.