Downtown Davenport Being Evacuated After Mississippi River Levee Breach

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A levee breach is causing flooding in downtown Davenport Tuesday.

According to WQAD, Davenport Public Works confirmed that the HESCO barrier located on River Drive has failed at Pershing Avenue.

WQAD reports that Pershing Avenue and 2nd Street is now underwater. Cars can be seen under water in the flooded streets.

Emergency crews are asking people to stay back from the flooding. First responders were rescuing people by boat who were caught on the wrong side of the water.

The National Weather Service Quad Cities canceled a flash flood warning that was sent out shortly before 4 p.m. They said the rapid rise from the flood barrier failure has ended, but a large portion of downtown will remain inundated.

Officials said the flooding will continue, as the Mississippi River is expected to crest in the Quad Cities Wednesday evening.

Davenport Public Works staff are continuing to monitor the integrity of the flood protection along the riverfront and said they are reinforcing when necessary.

We will update as more information becomes available.

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