Alton's Public Works Department and a team of volunteers have built a temporary barrier that all hope will keep the rising Mississippi River out of Downtown Alton. The effort began Monday morning, and in a little over 24 hours, a combination of concrete blocks, plastic and sandbags had been erected along Sugar Alley.
Public Works Director Bob Barnhart tells The Big Z volunteers from around the area have pitched in to help build the wall.
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The crest is still expected to come Thursday at 38 feet, a little lower than originally predicted. The Alton record from 1993 is 42.7 feet, so this event will take the river to less than 5 feet below that mark.