Friday, April 25, 2008

"We may have to go through with this after all"

City crews begin building a berm down the middle of River Drive.

Despite all the sighs of relief that this year's river flood would not be that bad, looks like it will be hitting us after all.

Here's the QCTimes article about it.

The city had planned for this flood, so hopefully things will work smoothly despite the sudden change in forecasted crests. This spring, the Downtown Partnership has been regularly emailing updates to downtown businesses and stakeholders letting them know what the current crest predictions were, and what city flood protections were being put in place. As you can see from my images and the QCT article, the current plan calls for an earthen berm to be built down River Drive from Iowa Street to the Radisson. Bettendorf will also probably be building their usual temporary berm across River Drive at the border where their floodwall ends.

I called Davenport Public Works and they said they will be putting out a press release by tomorrow morning that details any volunteer needs that they have. I will probably have more images and volunteer details posted tomorrow.

More information about the flood plan can be found at the city website here.

Bettendorf is asking for volunteers to help fill sandbags tonight from 7-11 p.m. and starting at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the city’s maintenance center at 4403 Devils Glen Road. The sandbags will be taken to the Iowa-American Water as a first priority, then remaining sandbags will be distributed as needed. Volunteers should be at least 15 years old and should bring work gloves.

*Bonus Points to whoever can name the 80's movie the title is a quote from.


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QuadCityImages said...

That is correct, good sir or ma'am.

Unfortunately our prize redemption center has been destroyed by the floodwaters.