The National Weather Service has better news this morning for those impacted by the Mississippi River. The flood threat continues, but the crests are coming earlier this week and have been revised downward by a few feet from last weeks prediction at Alton and Grafton. The crest at Alton will now be tomorrow night at 29.8 feet and will hold there until at least Friday before it begins to retreat.
The only road closed in Alton is the Corporal Belchick Expressway at the Berm Highway, but no Alton businesses are currently closed due to the flooding. The Great River Road remains open all the way to Grafton, although it is closed at Route 3 in Grafton and detours are in place to take motorists around the water. In Grafton, several businesses closest to the river have closed due to high water, all on the south side of Route 100. The water has also partially cut off access to Elsah from the Great River Road, forcing some residents to take an alternate route. The Mississippi River will crest in Grafton at 28.4 feet early Wednesday, then hold there until Saturday when it begins to fall. The Illinois River at Hardin will not crest until Sunday April 28 at 36.5 feet. The Missouri River at St. Charles hit its crest on Saturday and will continue a slow decline this week.
(bottom photo near Grafton Marina on Sunday - courtesy Danielle Schroeder of Jerseyville)