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Innocent Bystander Killed When Davenport Police Chase Ends in Crash

DAVENPORT, Iowa – Officials say an innocent bystander was the victim of a deadly crash that happened when a suspect tried to run from police in eastern Iowa Thursday.

An Iowa State Patrol crash report says police tried to pull over 19-year-old Angel Ochoa on West Kimberly Road in Davenport around 2:30 p.m. because of an active warrant.

Angel Ochoa (WHO-HD)

The report says Ochoa took off and ran a red light at North Fairmount Street, slamming into a car driven by 48-year-old Lori Letts.

Letts was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ochoa and his passenger were hurt in the crash and taken to the hospital.

Ochoa now faces multiple charges including homicide by vehicle, interference with official acts, and serious injury by vehicle. He is being held at the Scott County Jail.

Mississippi River Drops Below Major Flood Stage Near Quad Cities

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Things are starting to dry up in flood-damaged Davenport.

The Mississippi River near the Quad Cities has finally dropped below the major flood stage. Right now, it is just below the 18-foot mark.

If the current prediction holds, the river should be back in its banks before Memorial Day.

A temporary levee along the Mississippi River broke on April 30, flooding parts of downtown Davenport.

The water came rushing in at East River Drive, where the temporary levee gave out to the extreme pressure of the river, which had been at an elevated level for weeks.

Several businesses in the area still remain closed.

Surveillance cameras captured the moment the levee broke.

Surveillance Video Captures Moment Levee is Breached by Mississippi River

DAVENPORT, Iowa — Surveillance cameras captured people scrambling to save their vehicles after a levee breach along the Mississippi River flooded downtown Davenport Tuesday.

Watch the upper left corner of the screen, at about 10 seconds in, water starts pouring over the barrier and a person starts running north of the river.

The levee was breached shortly after 3:30 p.m.  Water poured onto 2nd Street and Pershing Street. 

The video was posted on YouTube by newly-opened restaurant Roam.   At about 30 seconds in, you can see a group of employees running out of the building.  One employee said they had been inside preparing the space in case flood water came in.

The restaurant left the following message on their Facebook page Friday.

“We recently were able to sort through the damage at Roam and found we were able to salvage our surveillance footage. Upon looking through the footage the team was able to find the exact moment the levee was breached. We hope this video gives you some insight into how devastating and quick this event happened. From the moment the wall went it took less than 6 minutes for Roam to become completely engulfed.”

The business has organized a GoFund Me account to help provide flood relief for their employees.

Mississippi Quad Cities Flood Record 22.64 inches Causing Issues Downstream

DAVENPORT, Iowa- The National Weather Service has announced a new all-time preliminary record crest of 22.64 feet at 11:50 AM on Thursday.  This broke the record of 22.63 feet from 1993.  The river is still rising. The record must go through a National Weather Service confirmation process before it is official.

Residents of the small southeast Iowa town of Buffalo, are used to the Mississippi River getting out of it’s banks. They have not seen it go this far before.

This week sandbag walls have been giving way, causing water to creep further into town than ever before.

“Personal residential floodwalls have broke throughout the week with the rising water and the pressure it’s collapsing some of the walls at some of the restaurants at some of the individual residents here in Buffalo,” said Josh Bujalski, of the Buffalo Police Department.

Overnight a sandbag wall gave in at Clark’s Landing Restaurant. No word on how much damage the rushing water did. The restaurant was still using a sump pup to get water out Thursday morning.

“We got a lot of people my family all the neighbors are working together all the way up and down the alley,” said Doug Klaman, a Buffalo resident. “It’s just a nice centrally located spot we can put our boat in here and get it rolling down the alley just do it we can.”

The neighbors had a sandbag station going, and were loading the sandbags onto a boat to ferry them to where they were needed.

Back up river in Davenport the Mississippi River was rising to set new records, but the Figge Art Museum was open for business as usual, even though much of the south side of the structure was surrounded by water. Flood water was pouring into the first floor parking garage, and the lights light the area, even though there was no parking allowed.

“The building was actually built to withstand a flood and so so far so good,” said Tim Schiffer, Executive Director of the Museum. “We’re weathering it, open for business and all our artwork is safe.”

The garage is designed to drain the water, once the flood recedes.

Home Flooded For The First Time in Davenport Flood of 2019

DAVENPORT, Iowa- Flood waters rolled through a portion of downtown Davenport on Tuesday afternoon. Many businesses and downtown dwellers were impacted by the water, but not that many houses.

Wanda Serrano has live here her whole life.

“The only issue I’ve had it’s come up behind that gas station up there one year and that was as far as it got,” said Serrano. “The furnace is gone, the water heater is gone, we’re just trying to keep the water pumping it out so it don’t get to the electric box .”

Volunteers were helping her sandbag the front of the home to keep water out of the first floor.

“We didn’t have a big enough, what do you call them- compression things, -pump so I had to go buy one,” said Serrano. “So I went and got one and they hooked it up.”

Pumps are also running at businesses up and down Second Avenue. This home has a total of five people staying here. Some are thinking about looking for another place to live, soon.

“I’m not sure what I’m gonna do I’m gonna have to find another place to live,” said Doug Neitzel. “City’s probably going to close the house down I’m sure.”

This comes as the crest of the Mississippi River is approaching,

“This is an ongoing thing, comes up all the time but never nothing like this,” said Serrano.

Downtown Davenport Flooded After Mississippi River Breaks Through Levee

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A temporary levee along the Mississippi River broke in Davenport Tuesday, allowing the downtown area to flood.

People were trapped in their homes and cars and emergency crews had to use boats to rescue them.

“Well I didn`t know how I was going to get out until the firefighters came to our apartment and actually put me on a boat to get me out of there, so I am very thankful for them,” said resident Alex Moore.

Moore says his apartment building was surrounded by about four feet of water.

“You know I don`t know what I’m going to do. I’m fresh out of college…so I don`t have much food in my fridge. I wouldn’t say helpless…I was a little concerned where I was going to get my next meal from,” Moore said.

He was also concerned for the downtown businesses affected by the flooding, “I feel terrible. I mean, there’s a lot of businesses around here that unfortunately went out. I saw Front Street Brewery was closing their doors indefinitely. Been there a lot of times. Feel bad about that. There’s the River Front Brewery as well and it’s just sad. Unfortunate for those businesses, they didn’t deserve that.”

The water came rushing in at East River Drive where the temporary levee gave out to the extreme pressure of the river, which has been at an elevated level for weeks.

The temporary levee, made up of Hesco barriers, had kept Davenport dry all spring until the failure Tuesday.

The barriers are essentially a metal cage that is lined with plastic and then filled with sand or gravel. They were placed on top of two of the existing levees, adding several feet of flood protection. Each Hesco barrier is the equivalent to about 1,500 sandbags.

Officials say no injuries have been reported from the flooding.

Levee Break Causing Flooding in Downtown Davenport

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A levee breach is causing flooding in downtown Davenport Tuesday afternoon.

According to WQAD, Davenport Public Works confirmed that the HESCO barrier located on River Drive has failed at Pershing Avenue.

WQAD reports that Pershing Avenue and 2nd Street is now underwater. Cars can be seen under water in the flooded streets.

Emergency crews are asking people to stay back from the flooding. First responders are rescuing folks by boat who were caught on the wrong side of the water.

The National Weather Service Quad Cities sent out an emergency flash flood warning shortly before 4 p.m.

“Immediately seek higher ground if you are in this area! The Mississippi River flood waters may soon breach a portion of the flood barrier. Flash flooding may develop shortly,” said NWS Quad Cities in the tweet.

We will update as more information becomes available.

Downtown Davenport Being Evacuated After Mississippi River Levee Breach

DAVENPORT, Iowa — A levee breach is causing flooding in downtown Davenport Tuesday.

According to WQAD, Davenport Public Works confirmed that the HESCO barrier located on River Drive has failed at Pershing Avenue.

WQAD reports that Pershing Avenue and 2nd Street is now underwater. Cars can be seen under water in the flooded streets.

Emergency crews are asking people to stay back from the flooding. First responders were rescuing people by boat who were caught on the wrong side of the water.

The National Weather Service Quad Cities sent out an emergency flash flood warning shortly before 4 p.m.

“Immediately seek higher ground if you are in this area! The Mississippi River flood waters may soon breach a portion of the flood barrier. Flash flooding may develop shortly,” said NWS Quad Cities in the tweet.

Officials said the flooding will continue, as the Mississippi River is expected to crest in the Quad Cities on Wednesday.

We will update as more information becomes available.