MUSCATINE, Iowa – The Mississippi River continues to rise with the City of Muscatine Department of Public Works (DPW) expected to extend the Mississippi Drive closure back to Pine Street starting sometime Friday (May 31) afternoon or evening.
The National Weather Service (NWS) in Davenport is forecasting that the Mississippi River will crest at 24.3 feet Sunday before starting to slowly recede on Tuesday. If that forecast is correct, the crest will match the 24.33 foot crest on May 3. The Mississippi River was at 23.65 feet (10:15 a.m. observation) according to the Muscatine gauge.
“At some point today (Friday) we will be closing Mississippi Drive from Iowa to Pine,” Brian Stineman, Director of DPW, said. “The detour will be in effect until the river recedes to a point where we can begin to clean the Iowa intersection.”
Stineman added that the City will hold off as long as they can before shutting down Mississippi Drive from Iowa to Pine.
DPW staff is also keeping watch on Washington Street at the Fillmore Street intersection where water begins to flow back onto the street at around 24 feet. Washington Street from the bridge over Mad Creek to Fillmore was closed for a week in early May as the river crested at 24.33 feet.
The NWS is forecasting a less active weather pattern through next week with trends favoring below normal rainfall heading into mid-June.
Heavy rain that fell across the Wapsipinicon and Rock River basins Wednesday led to higher river level forecasts south of LeClaire. The most likely crest range at Muscatine, according to NWS predictions, is 23.7 to 24.3 feet Saturday to Sunday.
Over 2,000 labor hours have been accumulated by the Department of Public Works in flood related activities since early March. The estimated total cost, including labor, equipment, material, and contractor costs, is over $73,000 with many more weeks left of flood related activities.
The Muscatine County Emergency Management Agency encourages those affected by recent flooding in Muscatine County to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
There are four ways to register for disaster assistance:
Online at: www.disasterassistance.gov.
Visit a state/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Go online to www.FEMA.gov/DRC to find the nearest location.
Call 800-621-3362, voice/VP/711. Multilingual operators are on duty. TTY 800-462-7585. Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
Download the FEMA app on your smartphone at www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
Information on Iowa’s flooding and disaster assistance can be found at floods2019.iowa.gov.
SBA OPENS BUSINESS RECOVERY CENTER
The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Iowa Small Business Development Center have opened an SBA Business Recovery Center in Davenport to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by severe storms and flooding that began March 12, 2019. The Center is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays at Eastern Iowa Community College located at 101 West Third Street, Davenport, IA 52801.
SBA Disaster Loan Assistance
SBA Fact Sheet – Disaster Loans
SPRING 2019 FLOOD RECAP
Roads (Downtown Muscatine Detour Map)
Seep pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.
The City of Muscatine will provide empty sandbags to residents of Muscatine upon request. It will be the responsibility of residents / business owners to obtain their own sand and fill the sandbags. Empty sandbags can be picked up 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Department of Public Works, 1459 Washington Street, Muscatine.
Flood Safety Tips and Resources https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood
Iowa 2019 flooding www.floods.2019.iowa.gov
Severe Weather Awareness Week and links to local NWS websites www.beready.iowa.gov
National Weather Service – Quad Cities www.weather.gov/dvn/
Levee Breach Study - http://www.muscatineiowa.gov/745/Levee-Breach-Study