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Davenport making changes to prepare for future floods

August 25, 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — The city of Davenport is considering changes in its landscaping near the Mississippi river to ensure that it has room for bigger barriers in future floods.

The Quad-City Times reports city officials are considering spending $180,000 to remove two road dividers filled with dirt and plants to make way for the bigger barriers.

After this summer’s record flooding that breached the city’s barrier, officials adjusted Davenport’s flood protection plan to build higher and heavier temporary flood walls whenever severe flooding is expected.

The road dividers that were installed in 2010 would be in the way of those plans. City officials hope the dividers will be removed by next spring.

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