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 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.