The Mississippi River is cresting today at 30.8 feet, but is not expected to recede as quickly as it came up.  According to the latest information from the National Weather Service, the fall over the next week is only supposed to add up to about two feet, barring any additional rain either here or to the north.

What does that mean as far as accessibility to town?  Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan:

Sullivan comments

Among those businesses is Raging Rivers Water Park.  Sullivan says a number of businesses are still open, including Mississippi Half Step, the gas station, the Ruble Hotel, post office, and many of the wineries in the middle portion of town.  This flood is the equal of the one in 2008, according to Sullivan.  That flood prompted the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to allocate $1-million to buyout and develop the properties into green spaces.  And of course in 1993, the flood waters reached an all-time high of 38.17 feet, and the river was out of its banks for 195 days.  




(Top Photo overlooking Grafton -  from Alton CVB Facebook page)


(Bottom photo - Elsah intersection with Great River Road - Ray Watsek)


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