All the rain water we have received over the past few days, and nearly a week's worth of rain well to the north, has swollen area rivers once again. That means lower parts of the downtown Alton area will see some water. City departments began preparing for the event yesterday and plans are in place to begin sandbagging efforts.
It's not going to be a major event like 20 years ago, but more like 2008 according to Alton Fire Chief Bernie Sebold:
Sebold tells Z-1570 News the 2008 flood saw the State of Illinois raise the level of Broadway at State Street by placing gravel on the roadway. That allowed emergency vehicles to get through, as well as allow for access to the sand plant.