Mississippi River reaches record high level in Quad Cities

Downtown Davenport Iowa is flooded Tue

Ahead of this historic flooding, in the midst of the heavy rains, hundreds of volunteers worked to reinforce the levees and barriers, but it wasn't enough to keep the mighty Mississippi River at bay.

The projected flood crest rose sharply over the night and what was originally forecasted as minor flooding could become more severe.

Around 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, the temporary levee began to be breached as Davenport Police and fire were telling people to leave the area, The Quad-City Times reported.

"Our teams are on the ground and we will know more soon", HESCO Group said.

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Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reports of injuries.

"We live with this river", he said.

The river reached a height of 22.64 feet, just above the 22.63-foot mark reached on July 9, 1993.

Rivers and streams across northeast IL into northwest IN all are on the rise, many IN flood or nearing bank full this Wednesday morning.

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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.

"We've been through this before", West Alton Emergency Management Director Gary Machens told the Associated Press.

The flood warning for the Yellow River in Plymouth will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday, while the flood warning for the Tippecanoe River in Marshall County will stay in place until 5 p.m. Monday, the weather service said Thursday.

The floodwaters had overtaken vehicles and the first floors of some buildings on the river's edge, and rescue crews could be seen launching boats into the floodwaters to retrieve people stranded by the sudden surge.

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