Mississippi River near the marina in Alton

You are being urged not to try and drive through flooded roadways.  With the heavy rains over the last few days there is a lot of standing water and some flash flooding in the Riverbend.  All of West Alton is under an immediate evacuation order. At around noon on Sunday, the Mayor of West Alton and the Rivers Pointe Fire Protection District’s Fire Chief announced the evacuation order on their social media account alerting residents that the entirety of West Alton’s city limits are under an immediate evacuation order. In the post, the district notes that the flood level predictions are at approximately 38.9 feet, which is 4 feet and 9 inches above the levee’s protection limits.

On Sunday the Wood River Drainage and Levee District announcedthat they have closed the floodgates located on Powder Mill RoadinEast Alton due to the Wood River Creek's rising waters. Travellers are encouraged to seek alternate routes into that part of the city and should add extra time to their commutes. 

City workers in Bethalto have also placed road blocks on Culp Lane near Stadium Drive due to flooding from area fields, flooding over the road to Steve Bryant Community Park. pumping stations have also been placed in the manholes along West Corbin Street in an attempt to deter flooding due to drainage issues around the city from occurring.

In Grafton, the Mississippi River is expected to crest at 31.6 feet, alson on Wednesday evening.  IDOT has also closed several state routes, including IL 143 east of Edwardsville, IL 143 at IL 255, and Old Alton-Edwardsville Road in Edwardsville.  IDOT anticipates having to close IL 100 in Grafton, and closed the Brussels Ferry Sunday evening.  Sandbagging efforts in Alton are expected to begin this (Monday) morning.  The Mississippi River at Alton is expected to rise fast, topping out at 38.9 feet Wednesday evening.  That's just shy of the record 1993 level of 42.7 feet. Emergency Management officials ask you to "Turn Around, Don’t Drown,” as just a foot of water can float a car, and two feet of rushing water can sweep away most vehicles.

The National Weather Service has issued an Areal Flood Warning, which will last until 3:00 p.m. today(Monday), an additional two to three inches of rainfall should be expected overnight into the morning with localized amounts of over four inches possible.

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