River flooding ‘likely’ to continue into May

DAVENPORT, Iowa (NEWS3) — The National Weather Service (NWS) said river flooding is “likely” to continue into May.

The Mississippi River south of the Quad Cities to the Missouri state border is currently cresting; however, “Additional rises will happen in the coming weeks and will likely be higher than what has been observed so far this spring,” the NWS said in a flood report Tuesday.

North of the Quad Cities into the metro, the river continues to rise.

The river will likely stay above flood stage through May, with peak crests occurring in mid April.

On local tributaries, “saturated soils and high levels will keep all area rivers susceptible to additional or more significant flooding with any heavy rainfall,” according to the NWS flood report.

Heavy rains between 1 and 2 inches are excepted Thursday into Saturday, creating new problems as the ground is already saturated.

Conditions to the north will remain dry as the snow pack continues to melt.