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Davenport Plant Prepared For River Water

DAVENPORT, IA (AP) -- With the Mississippi River expected to crest at less than 21 feet, floodwater likely won't be testing the true capabilities of a permanent flood wall completed last year at the Iowa American Water treatment plant in Davenport.

The Quad-City Times says the wall has been a goal for 40 years and was finished in October. It was built in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Davenport.

The $11.8 million project includes the 2,000-foot-long wall around the plant. The wall is designed to protect the plant to a river level of more than 31 feet.

Officials say the highest recorded Mississippi River flood level in the Quad-Cities was just over 22 1/2 feet.

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