While the local rivers generate a lot of tourists over the course of the year, the recent floods proved to be harmful to the local tourism industry. Some of the eagle-watching hotspots were not accessible, and the annual New Year's weekend eagle festival was also cancelled. But things appear to be returning to normal, according to the head of the local tourism bureau.
Brett Stawar, President of the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau tells The Big Z the festival may fall by the wayside.
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He says while sightseers that came downtown to see the floodwaters generated some revenue, the loss of business at places like the casino and other locations along the river negatively impacted the local economy.