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River levels drop over weekend, but second rise coming this week


Although river levels dropped over the weekend, that decrease won't last long.

Hank DeHaan with the Army Corp of Engineers says the current drop is because the area has went a few days without rain. But DeHaan says there's more water to the north, which will make it's way down river to us in the coming days.

The Coralville Reservoir is at 100 percent capacity and is releasing more water for at least another week, which will cause a one foot rise the Mississippi River levels in the Tri-States.

The river has started to come up again and is expected to hit a second crest in the coming days.

 "What you're seeing is this second bump of stored water that's been coming down," said DeHaan.

The Army Corps of Engineers has set up a remote emergency operations center in Quincy. The center is in place to more quickly address flood response needs and help offer expertise and assistance for area levee districts.

The rapid decrease over the weekend was welcome news in areas like LaGrange.  Resident Pete Massey said he's never seen anything like this but despite the decrease, Massey says he's keeping his house protected. 

"I don't think we're over the bad weather yet. We have no way of knowing what happens North and it took me a long time as an old man to get this up here and I'm not going to take it down," he said.
Massey said he'll continue to keep this up for at least two more months. 
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