Expected flooding on the Mississippi River next week should mean water in some of the lower areas of downtown Alton. That includes the intersection of Broadway and State Streets, the basements of some downtown businesses and at Riverfront Park. The City of Alton is preparing for the flooding, and plans are already in place to deal with the threat.
Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold tells Z-1570 news says several departments are working together to prepare for the water:
Sebold says a special sandbag machine has been obtained by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to assist the city:
Meanwhile, upriver in Grafton, flooding is expected to reach levels equal to the flood of 2008, meaning access to the town might be cut off on the Great River Road by early next week, so visitors will have to take Route 3, or the so-called "back way," into town as the river comes up. Call ahead to your destination before you head out to make sure they're open. For updated flooding information for local businesses, follow the link below: