EM's Watertown residents evacuated; Quad-Cities under flash flood warning

Originally Posted Online: June 30, 2014, 4:27 pm
Last Updated: July 01, 2014, 12:07 am
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The National Weather Service is forecasting flooding for several area streams and rivers following Sunday and Monday's rains. 

At 11:25 p.m. Monday, East Moline officials announced that residents of the Watertown neighborhood were experiencing significant flash flooding and were being asked to evacuate as soon as possible.

Residents were invited to the fire station at 1523 Morton Drive, East Moline. For more assistance, contact the the East Moline Fire Station at 309-752-1503.

The American Red Cross established a shelter at Eagle Ridge School, 2002 Eagle Ridge Drive in Silvis, for residents of Watertown, in the Cottage Grove area off Morton Drive. 

At 11 p.m., the Green River north of Geneseo was at 15.5 feet, climbing more than 10 feet in less than 24 hours. Flood stage is 15 feet. A crest of nearly 18 feet is projected for Wednesday morning.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, the Mississippi River in Rock Island was at 18 feet; flood level is 15 feet. Its projected crest of 21.8 feet early Saturday would fall shy of the record crest of 22.6 feet in 1993.

Also at 11 p.m. Monday:

-- The Mississippi River at LeClaire was at 11.6 feet; flood stage is 11 feet. A Saturday crest of 15.4 feet is expected.

-- The Rock River at Joslin was at 11.3 feet; flood stage is 12 feet. A Thursday night crest of 16.3 feet is expected.

--The Rock River at Moline was at 12.3 feet; flood stage is 12 feet. A Thursday night crest of 13.8 feet is expected.

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