Mississippi River reaches record level in Quad Cities, several areas flooded

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DAVENPORT, Iowa (WMTV) - Midwest cities are dealing with record-breaking flooding after the Mississippi River tore through a temporary barrier earlier in the week.

Davenport has no permanent levee or floodwall, leaving it vulnerable to the rising waters. The National Weather Service website on Thursday afternoon showed the river level at 22.64 feet at the Quad Cities in Iowa and Illinois, just above the 22.63-foot mark reached during a historic flood in 1993.

The water levels are so high, many major roads are closed and downtown businesses are filled with water.

Area lawmakers are headed to Davenport Friday to tour the flooding.

Volunteers have been sandbagging all week, and this is only the beginning of the clean up. Water levels are not expected to recede anytime soon and heavy rainfall is expected again in the area starting next week.