NWS panics in issuing predictions for record flooding for Keokuk, IA.
NWS fails to adequately account for upstream levee failures in their downstream predictions.
NWS panics with too high river predictions for Quincy IL and Hannibal MO.
From the June 17th Chicago Trib Newsvine seeded article:
"The National Weather Service predicted the river in places will rise as early as Tuesday to levels surpassing previous catastrophic floods. Up and down the river Monday, from Davenport to Hannibal, frantic sandbagging efforts seemed futile as water barreled into the Mississippi from swollen nearby rivers in Iowa, where flooding already has reached unprecedented levels." ...
"On the Illinois side of the Mississippi, just across from Keokuk, Iowa, a 2,500-foot stretch of road was a key strategic point in the battle against swollen river waters that were set to crest at a near-record 28 feet, perhaps on Wednesday."