City of Alton bracing for cresting of Mississippi River

April 21, 2013 

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City officials in Alton are preparing for a crest of the Mississippi River later this week.

According to the National Weather Service, the river is expected to crest at Alton mid-day Thursday at 29.9 feet, which is lower than originally forecasted. Flood stage at Alton is 21 feet.

The Cpl. Chris Belchick Expressway has been closed at Illinois 143. No other streets in Alton are currently closed due to flooding.

City of Alton employees are monitoring the Mississippi River levels and no flood fighting activities are anticipated at this time. Preventive measures will resume on Monday, pending river levels, according to city officials.

No businesses in Alton are currently closed due to flooding.

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