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Old 03-29-2010, 10:23 AM
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I am planning a trip to a few cities in the Midwest as a possible place to settle, buy a house (probably lease-option), etc. Davenport is on my shortlist.

I am looking for an older (pre-1940) house, a safe community with some friendly people and some arts/culture or nearby. I lived in the Midwest some time ago and found it to be a place I really thrived. I work out of my home, and have no children at home (so good schools are not imperative.)

My concern is the flooding of the Mississippi River. I understand that it flooded last year...is that correct? If so, how extensive was the flooding and have measures been taken to buoy up the city? I'd like to hear (perhaps) from people who live there. Is there an area of town to avoid if flooding is a problem?

Having been through floods, earthquakes and hurricanes (I've lived in all those areas!)...I thought I should ask first.

Any info would be very appreciated!

Best wishes!
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:42 AM
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Flooding in Dav. happens in the dowtown area, no houses down there.

The Duck Creek can flood and damage homes in Dav. and Bettendorf but only every few years and only certain neighborhoods.

For pre-1940's homes, I would look in the McClellan Heights or near Kirkwood Blvd. preferably on Kirkwood. Flooding doesn't affect either of these neigborhoods.

When downtown floods, unless you work down in that area, it's almost like it doesn't happen. What I mean is, when it floods, I don't even realize it cuz I'm never down in that area really. Most of Dav. and almost all of Davenports commercial business is "up on top of the hill" (The QCA sits in a valley)

Edit: From either Kirkwood area or The Heights area, you are very close to The East Village, an area full of artsy kinda shops. Also close(ish) to east downtown Dav. which has taken on the name Bucktown and there is a real revival going on down there. Starting to be a lot a Art venues springing up.

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Old 03-29-2010, 11:02 AM
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Thanks so much for information...!

Happy to hear there is a bit of an arts movement burgeoning, too.

I feel better hearing from you...and the neighborhood info is really valuable, too!

All good wishes to you.......GG
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:40 PM
Location: Davenport, Iowa
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Dport is 100% correct. The Mississippi sits in a river valley that's around 200 feet deep. Whenever I'm on vacation the summer of a big flood, I always laugh when people ask me if my house is flooded. The national news makes it look like all of Davenport is underwater, but in reality its just a tiny fraction. I always say that if my house gets flooded, its time to start building an ark.

I took the picture below during the St. Patrick's Day parade this spring, from 3rd Street. As far as I can remember, the spot where I took this from has never been flooded, and its only 3 blocks up from the river. The building with the blue roofline in the foreground is 6 stories tall, and as you can see the hill rises quite steeply behind it. So everything atop that hill, which is the vast majority of Davenport, is never going to be flooded by the Mississippi.

Not everything in Iowa is flat.
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Old 04-04-2010, 04:15 PM
Location: Quad Cities, IA
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Unless you're one of those idiots who builds a half a million dollar house, 10 feet from the river bank, and acts shocked every year when your house floods, you will be fine. 99% of Davenport never floods. A few blocks downtown, and some of the houses near the river.
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