The river hit "major" flood stage in Burlington last week but will be dropped to "moderate" flood stage by Friday.

The Mississippi River will hit its highest point in Burlington today since the National Weather Service issued a flood warning early last week.

The river hit "major" flood stage here last week when it surpassed 18 feet, and crested this morning at 18.62 feet. It then will steadily recede over the next several days, lowering to a "moderate" stage of about 17 feet by the weekend, according to NWS.

City staff secured the Port of Burlington last week with flood barriers along the north and south portions of the parking lot that are not protected by the 22-foot flood wall.

Rain last week will give way to warmer temperatures and sunshine over the next several days as the Mississippi River recedes in Burlington and its surrounding counties.

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According to NWS in the Quad Cities, Burlington recorded about 3.9 inches of rain last week, while there was near 6.6 inches in Donnellson and 1.3 inches in Mount Pleasant.

Fort Madison's Tri-State Rodeo kept its activities, concerts and competition in tact last week despite the rain and thunderstorms, though public parking at the south lot was prohibited because of the rain-soaked grass, and the Schools Out Roundup was canceled Friday due to the muddy arena and consistent rain.

Upriver from Burlington in Keithsburg, Illinois, the Mississippi River crested Sunday at about 17.27 feet, where 17 feet is considered "major" flood stage. "Major" flood stage in Gladstone, Illinois, is 14 feet, and the river crested there today at 14.3 feet.

South of Burlington, the river reached "moderate" flood stage in Keokuk at 17.5 feet ("major" flood stage there is 19 feet).

The Iowa River in Columbus Junction crested last week at 23.91 feet, where 23 feet constitutes "major" flood stage. By the end of the week, the Iowa River there will have receded to "minor" flood stage at about 19 feet. In Wapello, the Iowa River hit 25.81 feet and will hover around "major" flood stage of 25 feet until Wednesday when it starts dropping. Oakville never reached "major" flood stage of 19 feet, instead hovering in the "moderate" zone at about 14 feet.

No flooding occurred on the Des Moines or Skunk rivers.

A flood warning for Burlington and the surrounding area remains in effect "until further notice."