MUSCATINE, Iowa – The City of Muscatine will be closing Flood Structure #1 (at Mulberry) and Flood Structure #2 (at 2nd Street) starting at 7 a.m. Sunday (May 26) with the latest hydrograph from the National Weather Service anticipating a crest of 22.3 feet on Wednesday (May 29). Mississippi Drive will also be closed from the #1 alley on Mulberry to Iowa Avenue starting Sunday morning.
Forecast crests could change depending on the amount and location of rainfall over the weekend. The current prediction is that the river will stay in major flood stage through June 6 but crests higher than 22.3 feet are uncertain.
The National Weather Service anticipates three to five inches of rain to fall into the Upper Mississippi Valley watershed over the next four to five days. With soils already saturated, runoff from these rains will quickly find its way into the Mississippi River and tributaries.
At 19.5 feet flood waters will back out of the storm inlets onto Mississippi Drive at the Walnut Street intersection, and completely cover the intersection at 20 feet. The redesigned Sycamore Street intersection would stay dry longer but is also susceptible to runoff from heavy rain.
The fifth rise of the Mississippi River this spring brings an end to clean up efforts on the Muscatine riverfront as flood water will cover the parking lot at just over 20 feet, keeping Riverside Park closed at least through most of the first half of June.
Mississippi Drive and 2nd Street was opened to traffic Monday (May 20) but will be closed again after just six days.
After briefly dropping into minor flood stage (17.7 feet) early last week, the Mississippi River is back on the rise, and was in moderate flood stage at 18.45 feet Friday afternoon. Current projections (based on rainfall through Friday morning) has the river steadily rising to 22.3 feet by Wednesday. That is still two feet below the high crest of 24.33 feet that occurred on May 3.
Mississippi Drive was closed to traffic from Mulberry Avenue to Iowa Avenue on March 18 with the closure extended to Pine Street on April 30. The street was reopened from Pine to Iowa on May 13 and from Iowa to Mulberry on May 20, but will be closed again on Sunday from Mulberry to Iowa.
The Mississippi River has been above flood stage (16 feet) since March 16 and currently stands at 18.45 feet. The river at Muscatine was above moderate flood stage for 61 consecutive days (March 16-May 16).
The Mississippi River dropped below major flood stage (20-feet) on May 11 bringing an end to a record 50 straight days of being above major flood stage. The river has been above flood stage (16-feet) for 68 consecutive days, also a Muscatine record.
The Muscatine County Emergency Management Agency encourages those affected by recent flooding in Muscatine County to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
There are four ways to register for disaster assistance:
Online at: www.disasterassistance.gov.
Visit a state/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC). Go online to www.FEMA.gov/DRC to find the nearest location.
Call 800-621-3362, voice/VP/711. Multilingual operators are on duty. TTY 800-462-7585. Phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time.
Download the FEMA app on your smartphone at www.fema.gov/mobile-app.
Information on Iowa’s flooding and disaster assistance can be found at floods2019.iowa.gov.
SPRING 2019 FLOOD RECAP
Roads (Downtown Muscatine Detour Map)
Seep pumps have been set, and appropriate gates closed in various low-lying areas of the city.
The City of Muscatine will provide empty sandbags to residents of Muscatine upon request. It will be the responsibility of residents / business owners to obtain their own sand and fill the sandbags. Empty sandbags can be picked up 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Department of Public Works, 1459 Washington Street, Muscatine.
Iowa 2019 flooding www.floods.2019.iowa.gov
Severe Weather Awareness Week and links to local NWS websites www.beready.iowa.gov
National Weather Service – Quad Cities www.weather.gov/dvn/
Levee Breach Study - http://www.muscatineiowa.gov/745/Levee-Breach-Study