U.S.Davenport, Iowa’s 3rd-largest city, floods after temporary barrier fails to hold back Mississippi River Daniel P. Finney•Davenport, Iowa’s 3rd-largest city, floods after temporary barrier fails to hold back Mississippi River DES MOINES, Iowa – The third-largest city in Iowa abruptly joined the ranks of the state’s regions ravaged by muddy floodwaters this spring when the Mississippi River rushed into downtown Davenport on Tuesday afternoon.The HESCO barriers holding back floodwaters from the river failed, local mediareported, spilling fast-moving waters into the eastern Iowa city with a population of 100,000. The inundation was so sudden that emergency responders had to rescue people from buildings.Concern about Mississippi flooding, driven by snowmelt and heavy rain, has been high for weeks, but the danger spiked again this week after easing somewhat earlier in April.”It was just the one barrier, so we’re not expecting the flooding to spread beyond what we’re seeing now,” Davenport Public Works Director Nicole Gleason told the Associated Press on Tuesday. „That could change with heavy rain.” Gleason said crews and volunteers scrambled Tuesday afternoon to fill sandbags for other downtown businesses looking to keep the floodwaters out of their buildings. No injuries have been reported.This season has been marked by major flooding disasters across Iowa. Until now, they had been mostly along the Missouri River and Interstate Highway 29 corridor and in spots across northern and north-central Iowa.Gov. Kim Reynolds, in a statement released Tuesday evening, pledged to “make any necessary resources available” for eastern Iowa.“Flooding will likely worsen tomorrow so please remain vigilant, follow directions from local officials and law enforcement, and be prepared to evacuate if necessary,” Reynolds said.Forecasters predict the Mississippi at the Rock Island, Illinois, Lock and Dam will crest Wednesday afternoon at 22.3 feet, just missing the record crest of 22.63 feet set in July 1993.The National Weather Service says more than an inch of additional rain will fall by Thursday afternoon.The failed barrier had held against the tremendous pressure of the rushing river waters since mid-March, said Kurt Allemeier, Davenport city spokesman.“Our city engineer said they had never had to withstand waters that tall for that long,” Allemeier said.Live video recorded by WQAD-TV meteorologist Eric Sorensen showed cars floating at Second Street and Pershing Avenue.Water came up to the rooftops of some cars while car alarms wailed in the video. Floodwater temperatures were estimated to be at about 40 degrees.Davenport Public Works officials, police, firefighters and other first responders pushed crowds back as they worked to evacuate businesses and apartment buildings downtown.Flat-bottomed boats slid off the backs of pickup carriers as rescue efforts began Tuesday afternoon.A crestfallen Sorensen, the WQAD meteorologist, said, “Downtown Davenport has worked so hard … for 1993 to happen again.”Sorensen referred to historic floods in 1993 that inundated much of the state.Those floods were particularly punishing along the Mississippi River from the Quad Cities and into Missouri.“This is exactly what ’93 looked like,” Sorensen said. “This is really something, you guys. I’m at a loss. All of our fighting to keep that river back. Everybody’s businesses here are going to go. This is a great place. Man, Davenport is a great place. … This is just something.”Follow Daniel P. Finney on Twitter: @newsmanoneThis article originally appeared on Des Moines Register: Davenport, Iowa’s 3rd-largest city, floods after temporary barrier fails to hold back Mississippi River
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Mount Everest tackles 60,000-pound trash problem with campaign to clean up waste originally appeared on abcnews.go.comYou don’t need a map to get to the Everest base camp, just follow the trash, says climber Dragana Rajblovic.Rajblovic knows what she’s talking about: She’s the only Balkan woman to have conquered Mount Everest.To date, 5,200 men and women have climbed to the peak of the world’s highest mountain, according to Ang Tshering Sherpa, former president of the NepalMountaineering Association. Another 775 are planning to test themselves against the 29,029-foot mountain this year.(MORE: China closes its Mount Everest base camp to tourists because of garbage, waste)And all of them have brought — or will bring — many pounds of gear with them to enable their weeks-long ascent to Everest’s summit. But what goes up, does not necessarily come down. Much of it gets left behind.According to the Everest Summiteers Association, which has, in recent years, taken tons of debris off the mountain, there are still about 30 tons of trash left on the mountain.PHOTO: In this Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 file photo, trekkers pass through a glacier at the Mount Everest base camp, Nepal. (AP Photo/Tashi Sherpa) Their goal is to pick up 22,000 pounds of trash by the end of their 45-day campaign on May 29, the 66th anniversary of the first successful summit of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. The campaign is estimated to cost 23 million Nepalese rupees, about $206,540, according to Nepal’s Department of Tourism.(MORE: Adrian Ballinger on China closing its Mount Everest base camp to tourists: OPINION)This is the first time that all stakeholders have come together to clean up the world’s highest peak, Dandu Raj Ghimire, director general of the tourism department, told ABC News.”I don’t even know who they are, there are so many groups doing the cleaning-up campaign,” said Ang Tshering. ”I have been amazed at coming across so many ordinary people, NGOs and military picking up garbage.”PHOTO: In this May 8, 2017, file photo released by Xinhua News Agency, people collect garbage at the north slope of the Mount Everest in southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region. (Awang Zhaxi/Xinhua via AP)Their job has, unfortunately, been made easier by global warming. The melting snow and ice are exposing dead bodies as well as all that debris.”Snow and glaciers are fast-melting,” Ang Tshering told ABC News.”In 2017, seven bodies were found by climbers who were trying to clean up Everest, as well as 15 tons of human waste and many more tons of trash,” he said.(MORE: 4 climbers, including 1 American, die on Mount Everest)At least 303 people have died attempting to climb the mountain, according to Ang Tshering, who is a fourth-generation sherpa, or guide.The cleanup may only be a temporary solution to the garbage problem. With 775 fresh climbers this season, and thousands more in the years to come, the abandoned waste piles will only grow. The Government of Nepal now demands that each climber deposit $4,000, which is refundable only if the climber brings down at least 17.6 pounds of trash on his or her way off the mountain.But even that may not stem the garbage tide, given that a “guided climb” up and down Everest can cost as much as $100,000. A $4,000 garbage tax may feel like „tip money.”Still, Ghimire said failure is not an option for a mission „to restore glory to the mountain.””Everest,” he said, „is not just the crown of the world, but our pride.”
Midwest City’s Downtown Is Underwater After Unusual Flood-Prevention Plan Failed•Midwest City’s Downtown Is Underwater After Unusual Flood-Prevention Plan FailedAfter a temporary flood barrier gave way in Davenport, Iowa, several blocks of downtown sat underwater in the first major failure of the city’s uncommon flood-fighting strategy.
The fast-rising Mississippi River is nearing levels unseen since a historic 1993 flood, threatening levees and forcing people living near the bulging Big Muddy to move to higher ground.
Contributing: The Associated Press; The Iowa City Press-Citizen
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