Ahead of this historic flooding, in the midst of the heavy rains, hundreds of volunteers worked to reinforce the levees and barriers, but it wasn't enough to keep the mighty Mississippi River at bay. "That could change with heavy rain".
This morning, close to an inch of rain fell on the river basin, officially pushing the level of the Mississippi River over the previous all-time high.
The Illinois River at Peoria is forecasted to crest near 27-point-five feet Sunday.
Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reported injuries.More news: Philippe Coutinho jeering is ugly, says Lionel Messi
City officials are asking both locals and travelers to avoid downtown Davenport as recovery efforts continue.
"This is a couple blocks of one part of our city". It's expected to crest a little more than a foot under the record at Muscatine, where officials have placed new berms and are diverting downtown traffic.
City of Peoria crews will work to protect the River Station building first.
The breach of the levee came as Iowa and Minnesota were bracing for flooding.More news: Leicester will try to tie up Tielemans - Rodgers
As of 12:20 p.m. today, the river went over that level and is now at 22.64 feet.
In West Alton, Missouri, 20 miles north of St. Louis, the 500 or so residents were under a voluntary evacuation as the river was expected to crest a half-foot higher than the levee can hold.
Sandbagging begins Thursday on the Peoria riverfront as the Illinois River pushes past flood stage.More news: Celtics hoping Ainge makes speedy recovery from mild heart attack