ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) — A 320-foot-long Jersey barrier is the latest effort to protect Alton from the rising Mississippi River.

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.

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The Argosy Casino is closed and will likely remain that way for the rest of the work week.

State Route 100, the Great River Road, is shut down between US 67 in Alton and Clifton Terrace in Godfrey.

The Corps of Engineers is pumping air into dozens of relief wells to relieve pressure on the levee.

Geo-technical engineers are on site around-the-clock to make sure the levee is performing as designed.


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