The Mississippi and Illinois Rivers are following predictions and there has been little change since Wednesday. The river at Alton and Grafton is cresting and should begin to recede by tomorrow night and through the weekend. The Illinois River at Hardin is still expected to crest this weekend, and then slowly fall into next week.
There's a little more water on the riverside lanes of the Great River Road, so use caution if you travel especially between Godfrey and Grafton. Businesses on the east end and north side of Main Street in Grafton remain open, but the intersection of Routes 100 and 3 is covered with water. Alternate routes and detours are set up. The bike trail between Piasa Park in Alton and Piasa Harbor in Godfrey is mostly covered with water. Broadway and State Street in Alton also has water at the intersection, but traffic can get through as most of the water is coming from pumping operations from the basements of some buildings downtown. Riverfront Park is closed to the public as water has moved in around the marina and playground area, however motorists can use the park to access Argosy Casino from the Henry Street entrance. The Belchick Expressway at the Berm Highway also remains closed due to high water.
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