It will be 20 years since the Flood of '93 overtook river towns up and down the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, and the Alton Regional Convention and Visitor's Bureau is thinking of ways to commemoprate the natural disaster. A series of levee breaches to the north that summer kept all eyes on a sandbag levee protecting downtown Alton, but it was actually Alton's sewer system that was compromised while the sandbags held.
And that let the water in behind the sandbags, essentially signalling the end of the fight. The CVB's Jong Cambron says in the two decades since the flood, there have been great examples of resilient communities getting on with life.
The flood was among the most costly and devastating to ever occur in the United States, with $15-billion in damages. The flood was the worst such U.S. disaster since the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, in terms of duration, square miles inundated, persons displaced, crop and property damage, and number of record river levels. Grafton recorded flooding that year for 195 days.