It was on July 9, 1993 that the Mississippi River crested at 22.63 feet at Lock and Dam 15. That broke the previous record set on April 28, 1965 of 22.48 feet. Most people who saw the 1993 flood thought that crest would not be passed, but it was when the Mississippi River crested on May 2, 2019 at 22.70 feet.*
We wrote a blog on the ’93 flood for the 25th Anniversary that may be found here; it provides details on the flood and the events that led up to it. As more photographs have come into our collection and the Davenport Police Historic Association has been kind enough to share their images of the flood with us, we thought we would post new photographs from this monumental event.
To find more blogs, please type the word floods into our keyword search box. We hope you enjoyed looking back at this historic event. We find the images not only amazing for the flood waters, but it is also interesting to look at how Davenport has changed over the past thirty years.
(posted by Amy D.)
*The May 2, 2019 crest was the third crest of 2019. An April 8, 2019 crest of 20.68 is ranked the 11th highest crest at Lock and Dam 15 in Rock Island, IL. The crest on June 1, 2019 reached 21.68 feet and is currently ranked 6th in flooding history. The flood of 2019 also holds the record for days of continual flooding at Lock and Dam 15 with 51 days being at or above flood stage of 18 feet.