Iowa city braces for rising floodwater from Mississippi River

In Davenport, the Mississippi River is currently about 19 feet -- 4 feet above flood stage -- and is expected to rise to more than 21 feet, nearing the record crest in 2019.

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Snow melt from record snowpack in the Upper Midwest is causing flooding downstream along the Mississippi River.

In the Iowa city of Davenport, the Mighty Mississippi is currently just over 19 feet – well above the flood stage of 15 feet and even major flood stage at 18 feet. The National Weather Service estimates that number to rise to more than 21 feet by the end of the weekend. 

The record for the highest water level was 22.7 feet in 2019.

Water has already crept up past the river banks and covered some streets and parking lots. Drone footage of Modern Woodmen Park, home of the minor league baseball team the Quad Cities River Bandits, shows flooded sidewalks and streets around the property.


Many homes and businesses are using sandbags and military-grade flood barriers to try to keep the floodwaters at bay.

"All these communities are preparing because of this snow melt that is coming down from Minnesota," said FOX Weather correspondent Robert Ray.

Back at the origin of the Mississippi River, Minnesota experienced record snowfall over the winter and into early spring.

In fact, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul had their third-snowiest winter with more than inches of snow. In northeast Minnesota, Duluth had its snowiest winter overall with more than 138 inches of snow.


Snowmelt from this record snow fall is expected to exacerbate flooding issues in Davenport, along with St. Louis, Memphis, Vicksburg, Mississippi, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and other cities downstream along the Mississippi River.