- Associated Press - Monday, March 28, 2016

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) - The Mississippi River, which is flooding in parts of Davenport, is expected to hit its highest water level this week.

Meteorologist Tim Gross of the National Weather Service says the Mississippi River measured 15.5 feet at 6 p.m. Sunday, half of a foot more than its 15-feet flood stage. The Quad-City Times (https://bit.ly/1MMHl0Q ) reports that the river is expected to peak at about 15.7 feet Tuesday morning.

The river will likely stay above flood stage until Thursday morning.

“The Mississippi River is a very slow-responding river,” Gross said. “It takes a lot of rain, particularly north of the Quad-Cities, to have any significant impact in the crest or the time of the crest.”

He says 3 to 4 inches of rain fell north of the Quad-Cities, particularly in central Wisconsin, in the past 14 days. A little more than 2 inches of rain fell in the Quad-Cities since March 12.

Northern Illinois and northeast Iowa have received 2 to 3 inches of rain in the past two weeks, Gross said. Combined with the little bit of snow that melted in Wisconsin and Minnesota, the water finally reached the Quad-City area and the main stem of the Mississippi.

There isn’t any flooding expected in other local rivers.

Gross said that a rainy Sunday afternoon in the area will transition to a pleasant beginning to the week with highs in the mid-50s and mostly sunny skies Monday. But the forecast calls for more rain Wednesday with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.

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Information from: Quad-City Times, https://www.qctimes.com

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