We may have posted The Flood of 1870: Bridging the gap between memories and measurements a bit too soon.
Apparently, instead of celebrating no floods in 2014, we should have celebrated no spring floods.
The summer flood of 2014 crested less than a week ago, on July 4th. Its final measurement was 20.94 feet, making it the new #6 in the Top 10 Recorded Floods of the Mississippi River at Lock and Dam 15. The 20.71 crest of April 22, 2011 will drop to #7.
Below are flood photos taken during the crest. We attempted to get pictures in locations near those taken for A Flood of Images: April 2013 to allow for comparison—though, due to the higher flood stage and trees with inconvenient leaves, we occasionally had to move to nearby locations.
Modern Woodmen Park, walkway in place. Baseball will go on!
The corner of Warren and 2nd Streets:
Myrtle Street was barricaded at River Drive and the skate park was closed.
River Drive looking east from Sturdevant Street at Davenport City Cemetery:
This flood even reached several of the headstones at City Cemetery:
One last image of our 2014 Fourth of July crest is courtesy of Davenport Public Works:
As always, we hope this is the last flood for a while. We love the Mississippi River. We love it best inside its own banks!
(post and photos by Amy D.)