Flooding from Michigan to the South damages homes, sends Mississippi River to 157-year-high in Davenport, Iowa

Saturday, May 4, 2019
By Paul Martin

StrangeSounds.org
May 3, 2019

Scatter severe thunderstorms stretching from Texas to Ohio Valley brought tornadoes and flooding across several states. The storms overturned trucks, damaged homes and forced many to seek high ground. At least seven people are dead as a result of storms and flooding since Monday. The Mississippi River ticked above levels reached in 1993 in Davenport, Iowa, the highest level there in 157 years. The city’s downtown area remained under water Friday, days after a temporary levee gave way. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency Thursday for Wayne County. At least 3,000 homes have been damaged in Wayne County from flooding.

Deadly flooding from heavy rains and snow melt plagued areas from Michigan to the South, damaging homes and sending the Mississippi River in one spot to levels not reached in 157 years.

The Mississippi River ticked above levels reached in the historic 1993 flood in Davenport, Iowa, making it the highest level there in 157 years. The city’s downtown remained under water Friday, days after a temporary levee gave way and flooded the city that does not have a permanent levee or floodwall, the Associated Press reports.

Jon Erdman, weather.com senior meteorologist, noted that the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois, across the river from Davenport, first rose above flood stage on March 15 as water from melting snow in upstream tributaries flowed into the Mississippi River.

“Rounds of additional rain in Iowa and Illinois and a melt of snow cover from some April storms pushed the river higher since late April,”
Erdman added.

On Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard closed a five-mile stretch of the Mississippi River near St. Louis to boat and barge traffic, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

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