The flooding Mississippi River begins its slow fall after cresting on Thursday in Alton.  There was also a crest in Grafton yesterday, while south of St. Louis, communities along the Mississippi are experiencing record levels…even higher than 1993 in some towns.

In Alton, public works director Bob Barnhart tells the Big Z it was a big relief to have the crest downgraded from the original forecast last week of just a few feet shy of 1993. 

Click for Barnhart comment

The Alton crest yesterday of 35.7 feet was actually below the level of 1973. The National Weather Service predicts the water will fall below the major flooding level by early next week, and back to below flood stage by next weekend.  


(Copyright WBGZ Radio/