Mississippi River flood levels approaching 1993 levels in some places

Levee breach leaves Iowa city under 6 feet of water

Upstream, the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities in Iowa and IL reached a new record high Thursday according to our sister station WGEM.

The Mississippi River is now closed to all vessel traffic at St. Louis, the result of severe flooding.

People are encouraged people to avoid downtown Davenport if possible.

"We are barely keeping our head above water", he said.

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. He predicted only scattered showers in the area Wednesday.

"It's just not going to give the river the chance to recede over the next couple of days", said Dan Petersen, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center in College Park, Maryland.

Parts of an eastern Iowa city were under several feet of flood water yesterday after a major levee breach yesterday, forcing evacuations.

"We live with this river", he said. "We are totally unprotected".

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Further downstream, Mississippi River levels are expected to reach rare heights in Missouri.

Update: The Flash Flood Watch in the Fox Valley for Thursday has now been cancelled. CME Group Inc., owner of the Chicago Board of Trade, declared force majeure due to load-out impossibility at a majority of corn and soybean regular shipping stations on the IL and Mississippi Rivers.

In northern IN, authorities say a 2-year-old boy was killed on Thursday when his mother drove past a "high water" sign IN Wabash County and into a flooded road.

Hannibal, Missouri - a popular tourist town - has a levee that protects the boyhood home of Mark Twain and historic 19th century downtown buildings. "It's fortunately a relatively small area being flooded", Klipsch said.

Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through flood water at the intersection of Pershing Ave and E 2nd St. Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Governor Kim Reynolds is set to visit Davenport Friday to get an up-close look at flood damage.

Along the Osage River, high waters are inundating campsites at the Mari-Osa Campground.

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