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Evacuations start as barrier fails at Davenport

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Evacuations began in Davenport, Iowa, after a temporary barrier– holding back the swollen Mississippi River– broke.

Officials with Emergency Mangement in Scott County say residents in downtown Davenport are being evacuated due to the flooding that followed the failure of the HESCO barrier.

The area was underwater and people were being taken out of the area by members of the Davenport fire department.
The area of Pershing, Iowa Street, and 2nd Street is underwater.
Staff from public works, fire, police and emergency management remain on the scene.
Traffic from the government bridge is being diverted to the Moline side.
People were on their roofs following the breach.

“My business partner and one of my consigners they were in the back and the back door was open they saw the water flush into the building – from that point to where it is now is probably less than five minutes.” said Rebecca Nicke, Business Owner

Officials expect the Mississippi River to crest in the Quad Cities on Wednesday.


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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – Officials have started evacuations of some buildings and cars after a flood barrier broke along the Mississippi River and sent floodwaters rushing into downtown Davenport.

The National Weather Service sent an alert around 4 p.m. Tuesday of a flash flood emergency, urging people downtown to immediately seek higher ground.

Television station KWQC reports public works officials said a temporary barrier had broken and that many people sought shelter on the rooftops.

The floodwaters have overtaken dozens of vehicles and the first floors of several buildings, and rescues crews could be seen launching boats into the floodwaters to retrieve people stranded by the sudden surge.

There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Associated Press

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