A few days of heavy rain last week here and upstream pushed the Mississippi River into the major flooding category in Alton and Grafton this week. The Mississippi, which was at near record low levels all winter, is cresting Thursday at Alton, according to the National Weather Service. Now the wait begins for the slow decline to return the river to its banks.
It was a quick rise, National Weather Service Meteorologist Wes Browning tells The Big Z it should be a fairly quick fall, which is good news for area streams, creeks and other tributaries.
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He says the Mississippi should fall below major flood stage sometime Sunday morning, and back to minor flood stage about a week after that. Browning says there is additional good news in that no heavy rain is predicted for the area in the foreseeable future.