ROCK ISLAND — City officials have announced that Rock Island continues to prepare for Friday’s anticipated crest of the Mississippi River.
At 8 a.m. Wednesday, the river was at 17.14 feet heading toward an anticipated crest of 17.8 feet on Friday.
“At this time, there are several water pump discharge hoses that are placed across the Rock Island portion of the bike path,” a city statement read. “Portions of the bike path are also closed due to the high water and will remain closed until the river level falls below 16 feet.”
No flooding has been reported on the Rock River.
Upriver on the Mississippi, the river was at 12.02 feet at 8 a.m. Wednesday heading toward an expected crest of 12.5 feet Friday morning. Flood stage is 11 feet.
At Camanche, the Mississippi was at 18.82 feet at 8 a.m. Wednesday, heading toward an expected crest of 19.2 feet Thursday. Across the river, elevated homes near Albany were surrounded by water.
In Rock Island, 18th Avenue at Potter’s Lake is closed. The Sunset Marina fuel dock remains open to sell fuel. However, pump-out service is not available. Temporary walkways for pedestrian access to the docks have been installed.
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In Moline, city officials have closed River Drive from 23rd Street to 55th Street.
Motorists can access local businesses at 23rd Street, 34th Street, 41st Street and 55th Street. Suggested detours include 12th Avenue, Avenue of the Cities and Illinois 92 (4th Avenue).
Davenport has closed River Drive between Iowa and Perry streets for installation of a flood barrier. Additional lane reductions will be placed in various low points along River Drive as the river level rises.
The detour for eastbound River Drive between Iowa and Perry streets is River Drive to Brady Street, to 3rd Street, to River Drive. The westbound detour is River Drive to 4th Street, to Harrison Street, to River Drive.
South Concord Street is closed between Utah and River Drive. Wapello and Miller avenues are closed between Railroad Avenue and South Concord Street. Gaines Street is closed south of River Drive. And Pershing Avenue, Perry Street and Iowa Street are closed south of 2nd Street.
Credit Island is closed, as is the riverfront bike path between Credit Island and LeClaire Park. The boat docks at Marquette Landing have been removed, and flooding has begun to affect LeClaire Park.