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.
Illinois State Police identify the victim as 70-year-old John Snider of Grafton.
The mayor of Grafton, Illinois had big plans for Sunday, May 19. That is when the Grafton Ferry was due to reopen after a two-year “dry-dock.”
“If you live in Grafton, you know the benefits of living here far outweigh the nuisance of a flood every so many years.”
Some towns in the stretch of river from Quincy, Ill., to Grafton, Ill., reached 10-12 feet above flood stage.