The track of the C. B. & Q. R. R. on the bottom opposite this city, is again overflowed and the Ferry Boats Commenced ferrying to Oquawka to-day. The railroad management intend, we believe, to receive and send forward freights by way of Quincy, and will do it with as little delay as practicable. Stock will be sent to Oquawka and driven to the junction, five miles. But it is about time the few miles of road on the bottom was raised above [the] high-water mark. We should think the Company would get as tired of the interruption as the people of Burlington are, and would raise the track permanently above the spring floods.
– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 3