Rainfall in the coming days could raise water levels in the Mississippi River higher than expected and lead to more flooding, the National Weather Service at St. Louis said Saturday.

At some points, including Davenport, Iowa, the past week’s levels were the highest ever. Davenport saw a large part of its riverfront and downtown flooded when a section of a temporary flood barrier broke after it had held back the swollen river for 38 days.

The river began dropping Friday at Davenport after eclipsing a record set in 1993. Officials said it could be days before the water is once again confined within the river’s banks.

Dan Macheca (right) and Mitch Wieldt get their paddling in as they row along Marshall Road in Meramec River flood water, passing the Kirkwood Athletic Association baseball and softball fields near Greentree Park on Friday, May 3, 2019. The river sits at moderate flood stage but will rise more than four more feet before cresting right at major flood stage early Sunday, an estimated 25.1 feet. The men are training for a 280-mile rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)
Dan Macheca (right) and Mitch Wieldt get their paddling in as they row along Marshall Road in Meramec River flood water, passing the Kirkwood Athletic Association baseball and softball fields near Greentree Park on Friday, May 3, 2019. The river sits at moderate flood stage but will rise more than four more feet before cresting right at major flood stage early Sunday, an estimated 25.1 feet. The men are training for a 280-mile rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

The good news is that no significant rain is expected in the region over the weekend. The bad news is that rain and thunderstorms will come roaring back in starting Monday night, said meteorologist Mark Fuchs at St. Louis.

Starting Monday night, up to a couple of inches of rain could fall on Kansas, Missouri and Iowa and soon reach Illinois, Fuchs said.

“Tuesday evening through Thursday evening, we could be seeing quite a bit of rain — several inches,” he said. “It will have an impact.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, right stops to talk with the media near the intersection of Pershing Ave. and E 2nd St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa during a tour of flooded areas of the community Friday, May 3, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, right stops to talk with the media near the intersection of Pershing Ave. and E 2nd St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa during a tour of flooded areas of the community Friday, May 3, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)

The Mississippi crested a few feet shy of 1993 levels at several other places in Iowa, Missouri and Illinois. Crests further to the south in towns like Cape Girardeau, Missouri, aren’t expected until the middle of next week.

If rain amounts stay on the low end of the prediction models, it will cause the swollen river to linger at current elevated levels. At worst, the service said, additional rain will push river levels back up, leading to more flooding.

A flood warning continues for areas on either side of the river from Minnesota all the way to Louisiana, where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

An aerial photo of Davenport, Iowa, shows Modern Woodmen Park, top, and the surrounding area covered by Mississippi River floodwaters, Friday, May 3, 2019. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Davenport Friday. Several blocks of downtown Davenport were flooded this week when a flood barrier succumbed to the onslaught of water. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
An aerial photo of Davenport, Iowa, shows Modern Woodmen Park, top, and the surrounding area covered by Mississippi River floodwaters, Friday, May 3, 2019. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds visited Davenport Friday. Several blocks of downtown Davenport were flooded this week when a flood barrier succumbed to the onslaught of water. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
An aerial photo shows the Mississippi River flooding in Buffalo, Iowa, Friday, May 3, 2019. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings Friday along a large swath of the Mississippi River. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
An aerial photo shows the Mississippi River flooding in Buffalo, Iowa, Friday, May 3, 2019. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings Friday along a large swath of the Mississippi River. (Kevin E. Schmidt/Quad City Times via AP)
Alton, Illinois, Public Works employees place a concrete section of storm sewer pipe over a manhole cover on the dry side of a 6-foot-high flood wall Friday, May 3, 2019, at the foot of State Street in downtown Alton, Ill. The pipe will help contain floodwaters that are backing up through the storm sewer system. The wall, left, is made of many 3,200-pound concrete blocks, and was erected Tuesday, May 2, 2019, to hold back Mississippi River floodwaters from the downtown business district. (John Badman/The Telegraph via AP)
Alton, Illinois, Public Works employees place a concrete section of storm sewer pipe over a manhole cover on the dry side of a 6-foot-high flood wall Friday, May 3, 2019, at the foot of State Street in downtown Alton, Ill. The pipe will help contain floodwaters that are backing up through the storm sewer system. The wall, left, is made of many 3,200-pound concrete blocks, and was erected Tuesday, May 2, 2019, to hold back Mississippi River floodwaters from the downtown business district. (John Badman/The Telegraph via AP)

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