(Quad Cities – IA/IL) The Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa has reached flood stage. The barrier protecting the eastern portion of downtown Davenport from the Mississippi River flooding has been breached. Several blocks in downtown Davenport are under water, but the majority of the downtown remains accessible. While the floodwaters are impeding certain areas along the river’s edge, the majority of businesses in the downtown areas remain open for business, for residents and visitors alike.
“Our number one priority is always the public safety of our Quad Citizens and visitors and we have an experienced team of public safety professionals working around the clock to protect them,” said Dave Herrell, President and CEO, Visit Quad Cities. “It is critically important that we all follow the direction of our public safety professionals while they work to protect and restore. The Quad Cities is absolutely open for business and we encourage you to support and patronize our region’s businesses and hospitality industry.”
“Our community has a strong track record rallying around each other when disaster strikes,” said Paul Rumler, President and CEO, Quad Cities Chamber. “We’ll do our best to support those affected by the flood and look forward to welcoming visitors and residents to downtown Davenport as impacted businesses re-open.”
“We have great empathy for the businesses affected by this flooding and have great faith in our community to overcome it,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director, Downtown Davenport Partnership. “As the representative of the downtown businesses, we will work tirelessly to pull our neighbors up and get them back up on their feet.”
For flood updates please follow “Davenport Public Works” on Facebook and the City of Davenport Flood Information page at www.cityofdavenport.com in the services section of the website.
For a list of open and closed downtown businesses, visit www.downtowndavenport.com.
About the Quad Cities
The Quad Cities region is home to 470,000 residents located in western Illinois and eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River. The area encompasses East Moline, Moline and Rock Island, Illinois, and Bettendorf, and Davenport, Iowa and surrounding communities.