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.
Today is Friday, Aug. 1, the 213th day of 2014. There are 152 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A mad dog was shot in Davenport after biting several other canines and snapping at several children. The police should abate this nuisance — there are about 500 dogs in this city that ought to be killed at once. 1889 — 125 years ago: Track laying operations on 2nd Avenue, stopped by the Moline-Rock Island company last spring for lack of rail, have been resumed. 1914 — 100 years ago: Bulletins allowed to come through the strong continental censorship of all war news indicated that Germany was advancing with a dash against both Russia and France. 1939 — 75 years ago: Emil J Klein, of Rock Island, was elected commander of Rock Island Post 200, American Legion. 1964 — 50 years ago: Members of the Davenport police department and their families are being invited to the department's family picnic to be held Aug. 27 at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. 1989 — 25 years ago: Beginning this fall, Black Hawk College will offer a continuing education course in horseback riding at the Wright Way Equestrian Center, Moline, located just east of the Deere Administration Center.