Waiting for water to recede in Granite City
Even as rivers crested and the sun shone over the St. Louis region, flooding continued to cause headaches for some metro-east residents.
In the Granite City area, approximately 58 residents were without power or natural gas Sunday morning because of flooding, according to an Ameren Illinois spokeswoman. Flooding forced some residents of the Lake Shore Estates mobile home park in Granite City to evacuate their homes last week. The neighborhood was still flooded Sunday morning.
Ameren crews were monitoring the situation, said spokeswoman Stacey Shangraw, and would restore power to the area once flood waters recede.
U.S. 50 between O’Fallon and Lebanon was expected to remain closed until the Illinois Department of Transportation could inspect the road Monday.
As of 6 a.m. Sunday, Mississippi River flood levels began receding, with most points along the metro-east cresting Saturday.
In Grafton, the river was at 28.9 feet, down 0.7 feet from Saturday at the same time. The river was expected to remain above flood level through at least Wednesday, however, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Flood stage at Grafton is 18 feet.
The river crested in Grafton at 29.6 feet on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
At the Mel Price Lock and Dam in Alton, the river was measured at 33.6 feet at 6 a.m. Sunday, down 1.2 feet from a day before. It was expected to recede to 26.8 feet by Wednesday, still several feet above the flood level of 21 feet.
At Alton, the river crested at 34.8 feet on Friday, according to the National Weather Service.
Mississippi River levels
Here are other reports from along the Mississippi River at 6 a.m. Sunday:
▪ St. Louis: 41.4 feet, expected 33.3 feet by Wednesday (30 feet flood level). Crest at 41.7 feet Friday.
▪ Chester: 44.4 feet, expected 40.9 feet by Wednesday (27 feet flood level). Crest at 44.6 feet Friday.
▪ Cape Girardeau: 45.7 feet, expected 44.5 feet by Wednesday (32 feet flood level). Crest expected Sunday.
The following roads were still closed or had reduced lanes as of Sunday morning due to flooding, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation:
▪ U.S. 50 at Silver Creek between O’Fallon and Lebanon is closed.
▪ Illinois 100 from U.S. 67 in Alton to Pearl, Illinois is closed.
▪ U.S. 67 from the Clark Bridge going into Missouri will have two-way traffic in the northbound lanes.
▪ Illinois 143 at Illinois 255 in Wood River is reduced to one lane in each direction.
▪ Illinois 3 at Illinois 100 in Grafton is closed.
▪ Illinois 100 at Illinois 96 in Kampsville is closed.
▪ The Brussels Ferry is closed.
▪ The Chester Bridge is closed due to the closure of Missouri 51 in Perryville.
▪ Illinois 3 south of Chester is closed.
▪ Illinois 3 truck bypass (Water Street) in Chester is closed.
▪ Illinois 3 at Ninemile creek near Ellis Grove in Randolph County is closed.
▪ Kaskaskia Street in Chester is closed.
▪ Illinois 155 in Prairie DuRocher is closed.