Crews are battling floodwaters longer than ever, working thousands of hours in overtime

Crews are battling floodwaters longer than ever, working thousands of hours in overtime


3 TIFFANY: AND… IF YOU SEE NEWS HAPPENING… LET US KNOW ABOUT IT. JUST DOWNLOAD THE OUR QUAD CITIES APP. IT’S AVAILABLE ON ANDROID AND APPLE DEVICES — AND IT’S FREE. YOU CAN GET BREAKING NEWS ALERTS… TRACK SEVERE WEATHER… AND ALSO SHARE STORIES YOU WANT TO SEE COVERED RIGHT HERE ON FOX 18 NEWS. 3 TIFFANY: PEOPLE IN THE QUAD CITIES ARE BATTLING FLOODWATERS LONGER THAN EVER BEFORE. JIM: WE’VE BEEN ABOVE FLOOD STAGE FOR 76 STRAIGHT DAYS. 3 FOX 18 NEWS IS ON FLOOD PATROL. THE OLD RECORD WAS 42 DAYS. DAVENPORT’S CITY ADMINISTRATOR SAYS PUBLIC WORKS CREWS SPENT 69 DAYS WORKING OVERTIME BECAUSE OF THE FLOODING. THAT’S ON TOP OF A SEVERE WINTER. EMPLOYEES WORKED OVERTIME FOR 108 OUT OF 140 DAYS SINCE JANUARY NINTH. FOX 18’S TAHERA RAHMAN REPORTS HOW MUCH THAT’S COSTING THE CITY. 3 “Tahera: About a week ago, this entire parking lot was bone dry. Now you can see that the floodwaters are back. Employees with Davenport’s public works department tell me this has been a long fight this year.”It may be coming through here a bit.” RIGHT NOW, GERARDO HUIZAR IS WORKING 12-HOUR SHIFTS. “Once it gets to a certain level it kicks these three pumps on…” HE’S MONITORING 17 PUMPS AROUND MODERN WOODMEN PARK. “pumps the water back over the wall so it doesn’t accumulate inside the wall.” MAJOR FLOODING MEANS OVERTIME FOR HIM AND MORE THAN 60 OF HIS CREW MEMBERS AT DAVENPORT PUBLIC WORKS… “It’s going to be some long days ahead so any personal plans we may have, we may have to work around that, especially with family plans.” //Nicole Gleason, Davenport Public Works Director “It just doesn’t impact our workers. Their families have to find additional childcare, additional help around their homes.” DIRECTOR NICOLE GLEASON SAYS CREWS HAVE BEEN STRAINED FOR MORE THAN FIVE MONTHS NOW. Nicole Gleason, Davenport Public Works Director “It started around January 10th. We literally went straight from snow to flood and the flooding came in earlier than expected and certainly longer than expected.”THAT’S MEANT THOUSANDS OF EXTRA HOURS… AND DOLLARS.GLEASON SAYS BETWEEN OVERTIME AND EQUIPMENT, THEY’RE ALREADY LOOKING AT 1.2 MILLION DOLLARS THIS SEASON.THAT’S THE MOST IT’S BEEN SINCE SHE GOT HERE FIVE YEARS AGO.Nicole Gleason, Davenport Public Works Director “When we get to the next crest this will be three crests of the river that fall within top 10 crests in less than two months… which is just crazy.” AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE ON THE JOB, HUIZAR SAYS HE NOW EXPECTS THE YEARLY BATTLE WITH THE MISSISSIPPI. “Maybe some of the newer guys they may be a little frustrated and they may be, ‘Wow, what did I walk into?'” BUT HE’S LOOKING FORWARD TO HER RETREAT… SO HE CAN SPEND HIS OVERTIME PAY ON THOSE WHO MATTER MOST.”When we can get some free time to spend it, yes. Take a small vacation here or there. I’ve got kids in school that I have to help pay for.” Tahera: “Huizar says that the best way you can help public works crews while they’re working full time out here is just to be patient. He says hopefully we’ll all get through this and there is a light at the end of the tunnel. In Davenport, TR, Fox 18 News.” 3

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