It's been a while since flooding was on anyone's mind, but the next seven days will see the three rivers that converge around the Riverbend spill out of their banks. It was only a couple of months ago that crews were having to blast rock off of the bottom of the Mississippi River near Thebes to keep the shipping channel deep enough for barge traffic to keep moving. Now, the concern is for flooding, with a recent record snowfall and nearly a week's worth of rain pouring into the watershed.
Mike Peterson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says this does not look like it will be an extended event.
According to predictions from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Mississippi River at Alton will crest 13 feet above flood stage on Monday night, hitting a mark of 34 feet. The record from the Flood of '93 is 42.7 feet. In Grafton, the river should top out at 30.6 feet, which is 12.6 feet above flood stage. The Illinois River at Hardin is predicted to crest on Wednesday at 36 feet, which is 11 feet above flood stage, and the Missouri River at St. Charles will crest Sunday at 30.4 feet - 5.4 feet above flood stage.