By: Christine Souders
Officials are moving full speed ahead to protect potential targets.
Wednesday night, the Mississippi River was already running over onto the sidewalks in Davenport's Leclaire park, and, in the midst of Wednesday's record setting rain, officials are bracing for the worst.
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers declared a flood emergency for the Quad Cities Area on Wednesday. and they say, they are ready to help.
Here's a look inside the warehouse, on Arsenal Island.
"We do have over 5 million sandbags in house, 125 flood pumps, and miles of polyether plastic," said Rodney Delp, Chief of Emergency Management for the Corp of Engineers.
Which is not a bad spot to house all that inventory, since places like Leclaire park, you can't really tell where the sidewalk ends, and areas near the Rock River, people's front yards are filling up like swimming pools.
"Bettendorf is well protected, East Moline has really good protection, along with Rock Island. Davenport has partial flood protection, and then they activate their flood plan and erect barriers," said Delp.
Rock Island's Interim Public Works Director said the levy is the first line of defense for river flooding.
"We have about 18 of these pumps you see behind me will be running and then we'll have the flood wall down at Schwiebert park," said Randy Tweet, Rock Island Interim Public Works.
The flood gates are expected to be installed on Thursday.
Even in areas not near a river, the Corp of Engineers are warning people to have their own flood plans.
Especially in areas, where flash flooding is common during heavy rain.