Many Riverbend residents were caught off guard by the heavy rainfall of Wednesday morning, that by some estimates dumped 5 to 7 inches of rain on the area. This was on top of heavy rain from Tuesday night, leading to flash flooding incidents that swamped back yards, basements, and some cars.
There were reports of flooding throughout northern and central Madison County on Wednesday including Alton, Bethalto, Wood River, Godfrey and Roxana. Wood River City Manager Jim Schneider tells The Big Z it could have been worse had the city not taken on a massive project to separate sewers and improve drainage:
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In Godfrey, Mayor Mike McCormick tells The Big Z the infrastructure is overwhelmed with this amount of rain.
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More than 100 homes were reportedly impacted in Bethalto with water either inside the homes or in basements. Wanda Road experienced significant flooding during the event, as did Old Alton Edwardsville Road where the water was three feet deep at times, stranding two motorists who got caught in the high water. No injuries were reported during the storms.