Officials in several Mississippi River towns were cautiously optimistic that they’ll soon emerge from this year’s flood with relatively minor damage.
The Illinois Department of Transportation have closed down 100 and set up a detour involving Route 3, Highway 109, and Highway 16.
Tom Thompson, the mayor of Grafton, says his city is open for business, despite flooding along the Mississippi River.
The Grafton Visitors Center in Jersey County is the only recipient in this region.
After being docked for about three years, the Grafton Ferry is expected to return to the water on Friday.
Authorities are continuing their search this evening for a woman who reportedly fell off the Golden Eagle Ferry into the Mississippi River near Grafton around 4 this afternoon.
The National Weather Service said the river had crested in the St. Louis area and the Illinois towns of Grafton and Alton further north.
Forecasts call for the river to crest Tuesday at 34.5 feet, nearly four feet higher than April’s crest, but lower than earlier predictions.
Roads in Calhoun, Greene, Jersey, Madison, and Randolph Counties affected.
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.