High water on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers has local residents watching and waiting. Those who live or work close to the river have had to pack up and move out, others are hopeful the crest will come soon and avoid their property. The crests at Alton and Grafton are still scheduled for today but will hold there at least through Friday before a gradual decline.
According to numbers this morning from the National Weather Service, the flood crest at Alton for today will be 30.4 feet and will hold there until late Friday when it should start to fall. Flood stage at Alton is 21 feet. In Grafton, the flood stage is 18 feet and the crest should take place today at 29.2 feet. The Great River Road between Alton and Grafton remains open, but Route 100 is closed at Route 3 in Grafton all the way to Highway 16, due to high water. High water from the Mississippi is also blocking the entrances to Elsah and Chautauqua. The only road closure in Alton is at the Berm Highway and the Belchick Expressway entrance. The Broadway entrance to Argosy Casino is also closed, but the boat is open and customers can use the Henry Street entrance. There is some water on Broadway at the foot of State Street near ConAgra. (photo of Grafton Lighthouse, from Danielle Schroeder of Jerseyville)