Flooded Mississippi River becomes tourist attraction in eastern Iowa city of Davenport


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DAVENPORT, Iowa — The flooded Mississippi River became something of a tourist attraction this weekend in eastern Iowa.

The Quad-City Times reports (http://bit.ly/TX3i8a) crowds of people visited Davenport's skybridge Saturday to get a view of the floodwaters covering low-lying areas.

Mike Loew and his wife were in Davenport to attend the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest that had to be moved because of the flooding. He has been coming to the event for nearly two decades.

Loew says it's remarkable to see the water so high.

Holly Schafer says she brought her two kids from Milan to see the flooding in person, and it's amazing.

The river crested earlier this weekend at 20.94 feet at Davenport and it has been to decline, but it won't return to within its banks until later this month.

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