The new projected level of flooding could bring Fox River waters to the center of the Ottawa Y parking lot and the top of the levee for the wastewater treatment plant by noon Thursday. The river's minor flood stage is 13 feet and the moderate flood stage is 14 feet.
Officials and volunteers scrambled to fill sandbags Tuesday afternoon to get to downtown business owners hoping to keep floodwaters out.
But she and other officials expect the river that was bloated by heavy rains and snowmelt earlier this year to remain as such as the region heads into what is typically a wet stretch of spring.
As of 5 p.m. local time, the Mississippi River at Davenport was recorded at 21.88 feet - the fifth highest for the spot ever recorded approaching the record crest of 22.6 feet set in July 1993.
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Jon Erdman, weather.com senior meteorologist, noted that the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois, across the river from Davenport, first rose above flood stage on March 15 as water from melting snow in upstream tributaries flowed into the Mississippi River.
Further downstream, Mississippi River levels are expected to reach rare heights in Missouri.
The weather service's warning on Tuesday was lifted at about 7:30 p.m., but Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds thinks the situation could be worse Wednesday.
Hannibal, Missouri - a popular tourist town - has a levee that protects the boyhood home of Mark Twain and historic 19th century downtown buildings. The river is expected to crest Wednesday night a few inches short of the record.
Friday's declaration is to ensure communities battling floods caused by heavy rain will receive state support.