The Mississippi, Illinois and Missouri Rivers are being watched closely by local officials, and the news to this point is encouraging.  The Mississippi River at Grafton is now expected to crest about two feet lower that the original prediction, and the level at Alton is also supposed to fall short of what was originally forecast.

Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson says the locals are prepared, and most business is still open.

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Alton's Public Information Officer Matt Asselmeier says the sandbagging effort last Friday was helped tremendously by the use of an automatic sandbagging machine.

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According to the latest forecast, the crest at Alton will now be tonight at 30.1 feet and will hold there until at least Friday before it begins to retreat.  The Mississippi River will crest in Grafton at 29.2 feet early Wednesday, then hold there until Saturday when it begins to fall.  

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