The next seven to ten days will see two of the three rivers that converge around the Riverbend spill out of their banks. Minnesota and Iowa are both dealing with major flooding, and as that water flows downstream some Riverbend communities will feel the impact of the rising water. Motorists heading into Missouri that use Highway 94 may be impacted most.
Flooding in recent years damaged culverts at the Lincoln Shields area in West Alton, and they have been rebuilt. That, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Larry Welty, could lead to more water on the lower lanes of Highway 67 due to a new policy.
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According to predictions from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Mississippi River is expected to crest next Thursday in Grafton at 26.1 feet, which is 8.1 feet above flood stage. Alton is looking at a Thursday July 10 crest of 25.3 feet, 4.3 feet above flood stage. The Illinois River at Hardin is predicted to crest on Monday at 28.8 feet, which is 3.8 feet above flood stage. The Missouri River at St. Charles is not predicted to flood at this point.
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