The United States Army Corps of Engineers has activated its Emergency Operations Center and deployed flood flight teams. The teams are comprised of Corps employees that will provide technical assistance to the local levee districts as needed. The good news, according to a USACE spokesman is the levees seem to be working as intended,
Army Corps of Engineers Spokesman Amanda Kruse tells The Big Z there have been no issues.
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The Mississippi River at Grafton and Alton is expected to crest on Thursday, as is the Illinois River at Hardin. The Grafton crest is expected to be at 31.5 feet, which is 13.5 feet above flood stage. The Alton crest of 38.8 feet would be 17.8 feet above flood stage, and the second highest level in recorded history. The predicted crest on the Illinois River at Hardin is 37 feet, which is 12 feet above flood stage.