Flood approaching, and topping, 1993 levels in some places

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The fast-rising Mississippi River on Thursday neared levels unseen since the historic 1993 flood — and topped it in at least one place — as the bulging Big Muddy threatened levees and forced a Missouri town’s residents to head for higher ground.

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 on July 9, 1993.

Davenport is one of the Quad Cities, and its downtown remained underwater after the river tore through a temporary barrier earlier in the week. Davenport has no permanent levee or floodwall.