For most Davenport-area residents, yesterday’s flash flooding is just asoggy memory. But for those still mopping up, the mess lives on. Davenport received four and a quarter inches of rain Monday and Tuesday. Butsome outlying areas got as much as six or seven inches. That turned creeks into rivers and rivers into raging rivers. The water also blocked roads, stranding motorists; destroyed unattended cars in parking lots; flooded basements and inundated lowlands, including freshly planted farm fields.It also surrounded houses in a low-lying southwest Davenport subdivision,the Garden Addition. One of the more unusual calls to Davenport Fire Department yesterday was from a woman in a flooded basement. She reported her wet-and-dry vacuum had caught on fire and, because of the water, she was afraid to unplug it.
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