Monday, June 16, 2008

Flooding on the Bike Trail in Moline

In response to numerous requests (well, one actually) from readers of this blog who do not live in the Quad Cities wanting to know how bad the flooding is here I am posting a couple of pictures I took this afternoon on the bike path along the Mississippi River in Moline.

Above is the foot bridge to Sylvan Island. (Click on the picture to see it full-sized.) The experts tells us that the Mississippi is cresting this afternoon, so this is as high as the river is going to get. That is a good thing because, as you can see, if the river went any higher we would be cut off from the park on Sylvan Island.

As you can see in the picture below, some sections of the bike trail are flooded.

The flood here is not nearly as bad as in Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Unlike the Iowa River in Iowa City and the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids neither the Mississippi nor the Rock rivers are setting any records this year -- 1993 and 1965 were worse.

A couple of people I know live in the Quad Cities and work in West Liberty, Iowa which is normally about 45 minutes away. But West Liberty is on the other side of the Cedar River and every single bridge over the Cedar River from north of Cedar Rapids to where the Cedar River joins the Mississippi south of Muscatine is closed due to flooding. That means it is impossible to get from here to West Liberty (or any other place on the other side of the Cedar River) by car without going hundreds of miles out of your way, down through Missouri or up through Minnesota. I suppose you could get there by airplane.

1 comment:

Socialist Christian Hippie said...

wow, I made it past there this morning. I was rather peeved that they didn't clearly mark or indicate where there were flooding problems.

Most of the bike path was clear after Sylvan Island until the railroad bridge to arsenal Island. Where, without warning, gates were closed and the path was blocked.

Had they marked this fact before I got behind the old IH factory...

Well, I knew there was flooding, but before it didn't get that high. The problem is that there is a mile or so there where you are trapped on the path.


Well...things went ok, just frustrating. Car traffic is treated with much more care.

Also, it was hard to tell if the arsenal was open. RI water blocked the path with huge pipes. Again, without much warning, explanation, consideration or mapped detour.

Can't get through. Too bad.