Flood Waters in Davenport, Iowa

April 25, 2001


Provided by: NASA/GSFC Landsat Program
Summary authors & editors: Jim Foster

The above photo is a web camera view showing the Mississippi River flooding downtown Davenport, Iowa. The Mississippi is shown here moving into Davenport's LeClaire Park. Dillon Fountain can be seen in the center of the photo. Beleaguered flood fighters have been working long hours using more sand bags to plug leaks caused by wind-driven waves and pressure from the rapidly rising Mississippi River. Yesterday, the river was very close to reaching its projected 22.5 foot crest, which is just shy of the record 22.63 feet crest set in July 1993. The crest could last up to 36 hours before receding. Davenport, one of the cities that make up the Quad-cities, does not have a flood wall to help protect it from the ravages of the Mississippi flood waters.

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