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.
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.
Flood stage in Grafton is 18 feet, but the National Weather Service says expects the Mississippi River to crest at 30.5 feet.
“We think that is the ultimate solution to diminish the numbers of the carp,” Thompson said. “We’re never going to eradicate them.”