Mississippi River Flooding Update - Flood Safety

May 2, 2019

From:  Public Information Officer, 563-484-3058


Mississippi River Flooding - Flood Safety

Record levels flooding of the Mississippi River are impacting the wastewater plant and the plant has now reached its capacity. We are seeing surcharge in the main lines.  With the approval of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the pumps deployed near the sewage systems along the Mississippi River are pumping sewage into the rivers.   Without this, serious backups would take place throughout the Iowa cities along the river.  Officials are trying to find other relief mechanisms and will employ them as soon as possible.

The river levels are expected to remain high during the crest and after.  The following flood safety tips will help you remain safe during this time:

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters; as little as 6 inches of fast moving water can sweep you away.
  • Do not drink, cook, or wash clothing with flood waters.
  • Stay away from downed power lines.
  • Be aware of slips, trips, and falls near flooded areas.
  • Be aware that the potential for flash flooding exists near rivers and streams.

Updates will continue to be posted to the Scott County Emergency Management Agency’s website, www.scottcountyema.com, and social media pages.


May 2, 2019