Iowa city flooded as levee breached by Mississippi

Davenport firefighters used a boat to ferry people from buildings surrounded by floodwater on Tuesday

Some areas of Iowa and IL were under a Flash Flood Warning after heavy rain.

The HESCO Group said it has investigators on the ground looking into what caused a temporary flood barrier to fail in Davenport Tuesday flooding portions of downtown. By Thursday, the river was within inches of the 1993 all-time high, and expected to top it.

"Rounds of additional rain in Iowa and IL and a melt of snow cover from some April storms pushed the river higher since late April", Erdman added.

The breach of the levee came as Iowa and Minnesota were bracing for flooding.

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A meteorologist says there's not much risk of rainfall heavy enough to further raise the Mississippi River flood threat in eastern Iowa. That support includes the Corrections Department providing work crews to support sandbagging efforts.

In suburban St. Louis, the river is expected to reach 9 to 10 feet above flood stage Saturday at several locations in northeast Missouri and at Quincy, Ill. The weather service forecasts a crest of 35.5 feet by Sunday or Monday in Alton.

In Hannibal, Missouri, the MS is expected to crest Friday afternoon at the third-highest level on records, the Hannibal Courier-Post reports. A 2-year-old boy was killed Thursday when his mother drove past a "high water" sign in Wabash County, Indiana, and into a flooded road.

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