Quad-Cities cleans up as Mississippi River recedes


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Originally Posted Online: July 14, 2014, 11:52 am
Last Updated: July 14, 2014, 5:08 pm
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By Tyler Langan, tlangan@qconline.com

 Davenport city crews worked along the Mississippi River on Monday morning cleaning up the mess after  weeks of flooding left large portions of downtown Davenport underwater. 

In LeClaire Park, city workers used hoses to remove mud from benches, chairs and trash cans, while other workers in front loaders scooped up the mud and debris that covered the park even as  the river still  stretched  a few feet inland near the southern edge of the park.

The river, which crested at 20.94 feet on July 4, was at 16.09 feet at noon on Monday, according to the National Weather Service. The river is forecast to fall below its 15-foot flood stage early Thursday.  The crest was the sixth highest on record.

River Drive in Davenport  remained closed on Monday from Brady Street to 3rd Street as crews worked to remove temporary flood barriers on the north side of the street. Davenport city engineer Brian Schadt said that stretch of road would be opened by 5 p.m. on Monday. Crews will continue cleaning and disinfecting streets throughout the week. 

"(The departments of) Streets and sewers have been working hard to get that opened back up," Mr. Schadt said. "It takes a little bit of time; the crews are well versed at it"

South Concord Street, south of River Drive, remains closed, Mr. Schadt said, and it will remain closed until the river is below 13 feet, which is the level at which it floods that area..

It will take about two or three weeks for the city of Davenport to calculate the cost of the cleanup, Mr. Schadt said. 

The Freight House Farmers Market will return to its normal location at the Freight House on today, according to a city news release issued on Saturday. 

Rhythm City Casino in Davenport, which closed on June 30 because of the flooding, will reopen Tuesday morning at 7 p.m., according to news release issued by the casino.

Moline's River Drive remained closed on Monday from 23rd Street to 55th Street. City employees on Monday did not return multiple calls for comment.














 



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  Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.








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