Roads in Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Madison, and Randolph Counties affected.
“When the prediction came to us in April, we built a wall with excess room at the top beyond what they suggested where the level might be,” Clarksville Mayor Jo Ann Smiley says.
At noon Thursday the Mississippi at St. Louis was 28.1 ft., less than two feet below the 30 ft. flood stage. By Saturday morning the river is expected to rise near 32.5 ft.
The National Weather Service is expecting the Mississippi at St. Louis to rise higher and crest a day later.
Ten inches of water on some roads.
Quinn’s office said Thursday that the governor is asking President Barack Obama to declare 11 counties major disaster areas.
At this time last year, 88 percent of Illinois’ corn crop was in the ground. This year, just seven percent is.
Spokesman Jeff Ochs told KMOX a pick-up truck drove straight into floodwaters on Firma Road near Highway 79 around 5 a.m. and got trapped.
NWS Meteorologist KMOX, “There is still a flood threat at this time , its just a matter of how fast this system moves through.”
Meanwhile, the Coast Guard investigation continues. One big question: should 114 barges breaking loose raise eyebrows?