Peoria Prepares for Illinois River Flooding

A view of downtown Davenport Iowa Tuesday

A view of downtown Davenport Iowa Tuesday

The city's downtown remained under water Friday, days after a temporary levee gave way and flooded the city that does not have a permanent levee or floodwall, the Associated Press reports. Heavy 1-3 inch rainfall during the past 24 hrs on top of already saturated soils from previous rains for the most part were direct run-off into already swollen rivers and streams.

The Mississippi River at Chester on Friday was at almost 37 feet with the weather service forecasting it to crest at more than 43 feet by Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for several rivers across IL after several days of soaking rain.

City officials are asking both locals and travelers to avoid downtown Davenport as recovery efforts continue. This height would put the river more than three and a half feet over major flood stage and the fifth highest crest on record.

With flood recovery in high gear along the Missouri River, Iowa's other high-water bookend is taking aim at Davenport.

The town of West Alton, Missouri, home to about 500 residents, is under a voluntary evacuation order.

The National Weather Service website on Thursday afternoon showed the river level at 22.64 feet, just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993.

At least five deaths are attributed to this week's flooding and severe weather.

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