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Residents return after ice dam flood

About 100 people were evacuated when ice forced Rock River from banks

BY BOND BRUNGARD | MOLINE, IL | March 7, 2008

Residents are heading home this weekend after the Rock River spent a week rising and falling because of an ice jam.

The Quad Cities area has been riding a wave of snow, rain, rising and falling temperatures that finally caused the Rock River to rise to a level here of 16.38 feet Thursday.

About 100 people were evacuated from their homes because of the rising water, which closed city streets and parks. After the ice jam broke up Thursday, the river dropped three feet, and those evacuees have been allowed back in their homes.

“They are starting to let people back in their homes today,” said Leslie Anthony, director of communications of the American Red Cross of the Quad Cities, Friday.

Anthony said two people stayed in a shelter activated by the Red Cross. A shelter has been put on stand-by by the Red Cross as the river remains above flood stage.

In Moline, the flood stage is 12 feet. Throughout this weekend, the Red River is expected to stay around 13.8 feet.

North in Joslin, the Red River rose to 17.8 feet and is expected to rise slightly to 17.9 feet Saturday. The flood stage in Joslin is also 12 feet.

It’s unknown what services those evacuees may require right now, but Marci Zogg, community relations manager for the United Way of the Quad Cities Area, said her organization is ready to help.

Zogg said an assessment will be undertaken to understand the needs of the affected communities.


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