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Mississippi River rising in Iowa

Mississippi River rising in Iowa

The National Weather Service said it should fall below 22 feet late Sunday. Parts of downtown Davenport, remain underwater after the river tore through a temporary barrier.

Davenport is Iowa's third-largest city, and the largest on the Mississippi River without permanent flood control.

"And we have just not had anything like this happen before", said Nicole Gleason, of Davenport Public Works. He predicted only scattered showers in the area Wednesday.

While the MS is high now and the region has had a lot of rain and snow in the last few months, in 1993 "we had rain after rain after rain throughout the spring and summer, " said Justin Palmer, a hydrologist with the U.S. North Central River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

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At least five deaths are attributed to this week's flooding and severe weather. Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said at a news conference Wednesday that the city has 9 miles (14 kilometers) of riverfront, making the prospect of a floodwall to protect all of it outlandishly expensive. "The flood waters have done and continue to do real damage to our community, so we are eager to join the efforts to raise money to help our neighbors rebuild".

Portions of a downtown Iowa city were flooded after a levee meant to keep the Mississippi River's rising waters at bay failed, officials said. "We are totally unprotected". Thousands of acres of farmland were already swamped, hundreds of roads shut down and two Mississippi River bridges - one at Quincy, Illinois, and one at Louisiana, Missouri - were forced to close.

The water levels are so high, many major roads are closed and downtown businesses are filled with water.

The National Weather Service sent a flash flood alert at around 4 p.m., urging residents to seek higher ground. But the high water could bring a mandatory halt to river traffic, including barges.