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Scientists are urging Davenport officials to factor in climate change as they debate future flood protection plans. Some analysts say this year’s historic flood levels could’ve been much worse.

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The city of Davenport is taking a deeper look at this year’s historic floods and the city’s handling of them. A task force of residents, business leaders, local officials and scientists met for the first time this week, kick-starting a formal review process.

Muscatine is one of many Mississippi River towns to see recent flooding. The Upper Mississippi River has been designated among the most endangered rivers in the country, due to unauthorized levee construction.
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The Mississippi River is continuing to dip below flood stage in Iowa after setting new marks for the longest flood on record in communities from Dubuque to Keokuk. As the water recedes, local leaders are setting to the task of adding up all the damage left behind.

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Iowa’s senior U.S. Senator visited business owners and residents impacted by flooding in eastern Iowa Friday. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) heard from community leaders in the cities of Davenport and Buffalo, which were hit by record high crests of the Mississippi River.

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Washington Governor and Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee visited flood-damaged businesses in Davenport Wednesday. Fighting climate change is a cornerstone of his campaign for the White House, and Inslee says communities like Davenport are already seeing the negative impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions.

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A portion of Davenport’s riverfront downtown district is still flooded after a line of temporary barriers failed Tuesday afternoon. Historic river levels and recent rains broke through portions of the barricade, swamping parts of the Mississippi River town.

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Davenport city officials are working with the Canadian Pacific Railway to plan improvements after the company raised its tracks to avoid floodwaters along the Mississippi River. The decision is raising safety and accessibility concerns as well.