Metro East River Towns Brace For Flooding
ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) – The Great River Road in Alton, Illinois is living up to its name.
Brett Stawar with Alton’s Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau says while access to the Great River Road will be limited in the days to come, that doesn’t mean you are cut off from river towns such as Grafton.
“It’s a nice Spring ritual for us, it’s a great time to kind of celebrate the river a little bit,” he said. “It does cause havoc on some of the businesses. Some stay open through it. In Alton, we don’t expect to have any closures until sometime later in the week just at the corner of State Street in downtown Alton, kind of by the flour mill.”
Some businesses in Grafton are already closed and once the mighty Mississippi crests, water will creep into those Alton businesses but Stawar said you can still access Grafton, Pere Marquette State Park, and Elsah through back roads.
“Certainly Pere Marquette Lodge is open all the time. There is a back road there that a lot of people don’t know about,” he said.
The Mississippi River at Alton is expected to crest Thursday at 32.6 ft.. While that is eleven feet over flood stage, it is lower than the original prediction. However, those figures do not account for any new rainfall.