Originally Posted Online: April 22, 2013, 12:01 am
Last Updated: April 22, 2013, 10:18 am

Rock River in Moline sets flood record; more rain tonight

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By Jonathan Turner, jturner@qconline.com

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U.S. 150 near the intersection with U.S. 6 remains closed by flood waters from the Rock River on Monday April 22, 2013. As of 8:30 a.m. this morning the Rock River was at 16.4 feet and falling. Flood stage is 12 feet. The forecast for the rest of the day calls for mostly cloudy conditions and a high temperature of 66 F. There is an 80 percent chance of rain in the evening.
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Ted Fogel, 10, operates his remote control speedboat in his floodwater-covered yard as his brother, Dylan, 10, and mother, Nettie Fogel, watch from their deck at 930 North Shore Drive in Moline on Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2013.
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Emergency personnel from Coal Valley, Colona, Hampton, Carbon Cliff and Colona use boats to check for residents and people inside homes and businesses inundated by floodwaters from the Rock River at 10th Street and South 1st Avenue in Carbon Cliff on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
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Ron Turner, from Erie, tries to paddle his jon boat toward Barstow to help is brother who lives in flood-covered Barstow only to find his electric trolling motor battery dead on Sunday, afternoon April 21, 2013.
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A canoe rest along the roadway on South Shore Drive in Moline as residents come and go with the floodwaters of the Rock River in Moline on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
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Jon Mason, of Moline, takes photos of the Rock River from S. Shore Drive in Moline on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
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Emergency personnel from Coal Valley, Colona, Hampton, Carbon Cliff and Colona use boats to check for residents and people inside homes and businesses at 10th street and S. 1st Avenue in Carbon Cliff inundated by flood waters from the Rock River Sunday April 21, 2013.
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Missy Knott and Shane Huff, director of marketing and promotions for the River Bandits, take a closer look at the flooding surrounding the Modern Woodmen Park in Daveport on Sunday, April 13, 2013. The River Bandits have been on the road but are expected to play at home on April 25.
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Linda Heber, of Rock Island, takes a picture from atop the Davenport Skybridge on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
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Trisha Blackburn, of Davenport, holds Laynee Stewart, 3, up to get a better look from the Davenport Skybridge at flooding along the Mississippi River on Sunday, April 21, 2013.
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The Rock River in Moline set a new flooding record on Sunday, cresting at 16.52 feet, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Andy Ervin. The previous record was 16.38 feet (flood stage there is 12 feet), set during an ice-jam flood on March 6, 2008.

Flooding on the Rock has been worse than the Mississippi River, Mr. Ervin said, even though Davenport's LeClaire Park is underwater, and Modern Woodmen Park is surrounded by floodwaters.

Flood warnings continue this week for both rivers, with the Rock at Moline expected to fall to 14 feet (still above flood stage) by Friday, Mr. Ervin said. At Joslin, the river crested Sunday at 19.13 feet,narrowly missing the 19.24 all-time record crest set on June 7, 2002, he said. The Rock River is predicted to remain steady around 19.1 feet, then fall to 16.5 feet Thursday.

"At this point, the Rock will be slower to fall (than the Mississippi)," Mr. Ervin said. "We're going to be spending at least another 24 hours really close to the levels we have now. We may yet set another record level."

The Mississippi flooding has not approached record levels, the meteorologist said. In Rock Island, Sunday's crest was 19.1 feet (flood stage is 15 feet). The record Mississippi crest was 22.63 feet at Rock Island on July 9, 1993. The Mississippi at LeClaire crested Saturday at 12.57 feet (flood stage is 11 feet) and fell slightly Sunday, Mr. Ervin said. LeClaire's record flood was 17.75 feet on April 28, 1965, which combined snow melt up north and rain, he said.

The Mississippi this week will remain above major flood stage, with slow falling levels, and heavy rains north of the area (including southern Wisconsin) have added to flooding, Mr. Ervin said. At Moline, the month of April has brought a total rainfall of 6.78 inches so far, compared to a normal of 2.43 inches through April 21, he said.

On Sunday, areas of the East Lawn housing addition in Barstow (along the Rock River), and Falcon Farms trailer park in Port Byron (along the Mississippi) were evacuated because of flooding, said American Red Cross spokeswoman Kasey Kelly. Residents were brought to a temporary Red Cross shelter established Saturday at Eagle Ridge School, 2002 Eagle Ridge Drive, Silvis. The shelter is staffed by disaster workers, offering information, meals, snacks and emotional support, Ms. Kelly said.

On Saturday, residents were evacuated from the River Oaks Mobile Home Park in Barstow U.S. 150 from Route 6 to Indian Bluff Road behind the Quad City Airport was closed because of flooding. And the I-74 West on-ramp from I-280 East was closed due to flooding.

The weather forecast today calls for mostly cloudy with a chance of rain (20 percent) in the afternoon. It is expected to be overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, in a 60-percent chance of rain tonight.