A few days of heavy rains earlier this month pushed the Mississippi River above flood stage in parts of Illinois, Missouri and Iowa. With all of the rain that fell across the state, there has been significant flooding all the way from the Quad Cities to St. Louis. Locally, there has been some minor flooding in Alton, but nothing that compares to the top two events from 1993 and 1973.
The Mississippi, which was at near record low levels all winter, has been around ten feet over flood stage in Grafton and Alton most of the week. Alton Public Information Officer Matt Asselmeier says while it's not illegal to play in floodwaters, it's not a good idea.
According to predictions from the U.S. Geological Survey, Alton crested Thursday at 30.6 feet, 9 1/2 feet above flood stage. Asselmeier says the sandbags will stay up for now, as the possibility of continued flooding exists if the snow melt from the Northern Plains sends an excess of water into the rivers this weekend and into next week.