A few days of heavy rains last weekend pushed the Mississippi and other rivers above flood stage in parts of Illinois and Missouri. With all of the rain that fell across the two states, significant flooding was an issue most of last week, although all locations around the region are showing improvement.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Wes Browning tells The Big Z this flood was an odd one.
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The Mississippi River in Grafton fell below 29 feet Sunday, returning to the moderate flooding classification. By Friday morning it is expected to return to the minor flooding stage at 24 feet. In Alton, the river should drop below 29 feet and back into minor flooding stage sometime today. The Missouri River at St. Charles has enjoyed a relatively quick fall, and is no longer in flood stage. The Illinois River at Hardin, however, will be the slowest of the area rivers to fall. It's currently at just under 35 feet, and will remain in major flooding stage all week, according to NWS predictions.