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A view of downtown Davenport Iowa Tuesday

A view of downtown Davenport Iowa Tuesday

The Mississippi's already been above major flood stage for more than a month, and the flood risk could stretch into summer.

Stalled cars submerged in the middle of downtown Davenport tell the story of how quickly floodwater rushed into the neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said there were no reports of injuries.

The National Weather Service expects the Mississippi River to crest near record levels for the Quad Cities region.

The Yellow River in Knox was just under 9 feet shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday.

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The Davenport breach came as communities in Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota have prepared for record or near-record crests along the river.

Two Mississippi River bridges - one at Quincy, Illinois, and another at Louisiana, Missouri, have been forced to close. The river is expected to crest Wednesday night a few inches short of the record. Emergency Management Director John Hark said the town plans to add 2 feet of additional height, probably using sandbags, on top of the levee.

Additionally, the waters could rise to infiltrate the Ottawa River Rescue building.

The flood warning for the Yellow River in Plymouth will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Sunday, while the flood warning for the Tippecanoe River in Marshall County will stay in place until 5 p.m. Monday, the weather service said Thursday.

At least five deaths are attributed to this week's flooding and severe weather. But the high water could bring a mandatory halt to river traffic, including barges.

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