Updated 5/29/23 at 1:00 p.m.
The Davenport Fire Department has transitioned to a recovery operation at 324 Main Street and turned control of the site over to the Davenport Development and Neighborhood Services Department.
The owner of the property has been served with a notice and order for demolition of the property. The property is currently being secured by a contractor on site this afternoon and demolition is expected to commence in the morning.
Due to the unstable condition of the property, and in the interest of public safety, residents will not be allowed back into the building.
On Sunday, May 28 at 4:55 p.m. officials received calls of a partial building collapse in downtown Davenport.
The six-story apartment complex at 324 Main St known as "The Davenport" partially collapsed and separated from the rest of the building.
At this time, no deaths have been reported according to Fire Chief Mike Carlsten but at least one person was "extracted" and taken to the hospital.
K9 units and rescue teams have been working nonstop in what Carlsten says is the "rescue phase of our operation.". However, he also stated it would "soon become a recovery operation".
A reunification area was established at St. Anthony’s Church, 417 N. Main St.
Cause of the collapse
At this point, officials are not stating what may have caused the collapse.
Our news partner KWQC spoke with Rich Oswald, director of development and neighborhood services, who said the owner of the building had permits to make repairs to the exterior brick prior to the collapse.
He added that reports of bricks falling from the building earlier this week was part of that work.Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds,
Stay with our news partner KWQC for the latest on this developing situation.
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Iowa's Island City
There is something unique about every town, but there is really something special about Sabula, IA. Known as "Iowa's Island City," Sabula is the only town in the state of Iowa that is entirely on an island. While not a lot of people have been to, or live in Sabula, it is a quaint little town nestled right on the Mississippi River.
Before we show you around "Iowa's Island City," let me give you the history of Sabula. Sabula was established in 1835, according History of Jackson County, Iowa, Volume 1 by James Whitcomb Ellis.
Isaac Dorman and a man named Hinkley crossed the river from the Illinois side on a log and decided to settle on what is now Sabula. An Ohio couple, James and Margaret Woods would settle on Sabula about a year later in April of 1836. Their son, Dr. E. A. Woods would purchase Hinkley's interest in the claim. Charles Swan and W. H. Brown would soon purchase Dorman's interest. The three men, Woods, Swan and Brown later had the land plotted in 1837.
According to Island City Harbor's website
, Sabula went through a few names before landing on the official town name. In 1837, Sabula was first called Carrollport. Residents of the town didn't like the name because there was a man's name who was Carroll who had a bad reputation. The town changed its name to Charleston, after early settler Charles Swan. The only issue was that there was already a town called Charleston in Iowa which caused much confusion.
Sabula did not actually become an island until 1939. According to Wikipedia, in the 1930's, the Army Corps of Engineers constructed the lock and dam system. In 1939, Lock and Dam No. 13 between Clinton, IA and Fulton, IL was built which caused the bottomlands west of the town permanently flooded. With the Mississippi River east of the town, this created the "Island City." A levee was built around Sabula in 1957 for protection, according to Island City Harbor's website
. This also allowed for the south sand pit to be turned into a boat harbor.
I would like to thank my mom Beth, her fiancé Matt, my brother Nolan and my wife Ellie for accompanying me to Sabula. We always have a blast on our trips and this one was no exception.
It's now time to introduce you to Sabula, Iowa, Iowa's Island City.