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Flooded Mississippi River attracts a crowd in Iowa

Published: Monday, July 7, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) – The flooded Mississippi River became something of a tourist attraction this weekend in eastern Iowa.

Crowds of people visited Davenport’s skybridge Saturday to get a view of the floodwaters covering low-lying areas, The Quad-City Times reported.

Mike Loew and his wife, Beth Schultz, of Milwaukee were in Davenport to attend the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest that had to be moved because of the flooding. They have been coming to the event for 19 years.

Loew said it’s remarkable to see the water so high and wondered why there isn’t a flood wall there.

“It has never flooded like this that I remember,” Schultz said. “This is the worst I ever saw it. Fix the problem.”

The river crested last week at 20.94 feet at Davenport. The level has been falling but isn’t expected to return to within its banks until later this month.

The National Weather Service said this could wind up being the sixth-highest crest on record for the Mississippi River, if the preliminary measurements hold up.

Holly Schafer said she brought her two kids, ages 12 and 5, from Milan to see the flooding in person.

“I think it is awesome,” Schafer said. “I have seen it on TV and in the paper, of course, but nothing like being in person.”

Ken and Pam Arevalo of Bettendorf brought their son, Chris, 13, and their foreign exchange student, Alejandro Seoane, 14, of Barcelona, Spain, to see the flooding.

“This is impressive. I saw it in the news before but not live,” Pam Arevalo said. “It’s a beautiful view, but a little sad we have to go through this so often.”

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