May 3, 2019

The Mississippi River Has Been Flooding For 41 Days Now

St. Louis, MO
USA
by
Merrit Kennedy
,
NPR
A statue of explorers Lewis and Clark is surrounded by floodwaters along the St. Louis riverfront on Thursday. Credit: Jim Salter, AP
A statue of explorers Lewis and Clark is surrounded by floodwaters along the St. Louis riverfront on Thursday. Credit: Jim Salter, AP

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch says the city had placed temporary barriers to protect against rising water, and a small section of those barriers eventually was breached on Tuesday after holding for weeks.

"We evacuated about 30 to 40 residents in that area who lived in some condo areas there," he tells NPR's Here & Now. "We deal with [flooding] every year, but this was an unexpected breach and a lot of water got into that area."

"The state of Iowa has received more precipitation in the last 12 months than any recorded period in 124 years of data," Bob Gallagher, the mayor of the upriver town of Bettendorf, told reporters Friday. "When you get as much rain as we have this year there's just no way to avoid this situation."

In March, the National Weather Service predicted that the potential for flooding this spring was "above to well above normal," owing to a large snowpack high in the Mississippi River's basin and saturated soil.