The Mississippi River is expected to crest this morning in Alton and it’s now a waiting game for the downtown business district. Traffic is being diverted for now from the intersection of Broadway and Highway 67 due to the high water and detour signs are in place as you come downtown.
Alton Public Works Director Bob Barnhart says city workers did a great job of quickly building the temporary floodwall but they couldn’t have done it without the volunteers:
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Barnhart says despite the mess, almost a dozen downtown businesses and restaurants have provided food and drink to workers and volunteers since the weekend. Volunteers yesterday included students from Marquette and Alton High Schools.
The river is expected to crest today at 35.7 feet, which is about a foot below the level from 1973, and 7 feet below the record flood of 1993.