MUSCATINE, Iowa – The City of Muscatine reopened Mississippi Drive from Pine Street to Iowa Avenue as the Mississippi River continues to recede.
“We are cleaning and taken down flood walls as we can,” Brian Stineman, Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW), said. “We are looking at reopening the rest of Mississippi Drive by the weekend.”
That all depends on the weather, the amount of cleaning needed, and any maintenance that is needed.
City crews began work Monday on clearing the caked Mississippi River mud off of Mississippi Drive from Mulberry to Iowa. Drivers are reminded that this section of the street remains closed to traffic and closed to parking until the street is fully reopened.
Once the mud and dust has been cleared, the Muscatine Fire Department will wash away the remaining dust and mud from the street and sidewalks.
One area that will remain closed is Riverside Park.
“We hope to be able to start cleaning the parking area and street surfaces next week,” Stineman said. “There is a lot to do with the amount of time that this area has been underwater.”
The Mississippi River crested at 24.33 feet on May 3, the fourth highest crest in Muscatine history, and has been falling since, and is currently at 18.93 feet. The level is expected to drop below moderate flood stage (18-feet) Thursday, and then level off at 16.9 feet over the weekend.
The Mississippi River dropped below major flood stage (20-feet) bringing an end to a record 50 days of above major flood stage. The river has been above flood stage (16-feet) for 59 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.
The Mississippi River crested three times during the 2019 Spring flood: the first coming March 18 (19.34 feet); the second on April 29 (21.95 feet); and, the third on May 3 (24.33 feet).
RAILROAD TRACKS RAISED
Canadian Pacific raised the railroad tracks from the switch for the Heinz spur east of the Cedar Street crossing to just west of the Iowa Avenue crossing during the height of the flooding last week much the same as Canadian Pacific did in 2014 after the river crested at 23.81 feet on July 4, 2014. Canadian Pacific worked with the City of Muscatine during the track raising event last week.
SPRING 2019 FLOOD RECAP
FLOOD STRUCTURE UPDATE
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