Illinois River Could See Historic Flooding in Grundy, LaSalle Counties

Firefighters check for people trapped in downtown Davenport on Tuesday after a barrier failed sending the Mississippi River into the streets

Fox News Flash top headlines for April 30 are here. The river got close to the city's record crest of 22.63 feet which occurred on July 9, 1993.

Officials in Davenport, Iowa, say they're not expecting flooding that swept into a section of downtown Tuesday to spread much beyond the couple of blocks already under water. "That could change with heavy rain".

At Cape Girardeau, the river was expected to rise to 45.5 feet by Tuesday, just three and a half feet shy of the record crest set in 2016. Officials say the levee is so long that sandbagging isn't an option.

The floodwaters had overtaken vehicles and the first floors of some buildings on the river's edge, and rescue crews could be seen launching boats into the floodwaters to retrieve people stranded by the sudden surge.

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Ahead of this historic flooding, in the midst of the heavy rains, hundreds of volunteers worked to reinforce the levees and barriers, but it wasn't enough to keep the mighty Mississippi River at bay.

Deadly flooding from heavy rains and snow melt plagued areas from MI to the South, damaging homes and sending the Mississippi River in one spot to levels not reached in 157 years.

The town of West Alton, Missouri, home to about 500 residents, is under a voluntary evacuation order.

Below is a listing of river stages and forecasts compiled by the Chicago National Weather Service office.

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