ALTON – City officials say Public Works Department personnel will man water pumps this weekend until the Mississippi River floodwaters recede.
The river was projected to crest today at 35.7 feet, about 14.7 feet above flood stage for Melvin Price Locks and Dam. The all-time record at the dam was 42.72 feet on Aug. 1, 1993. According to the National Weather Service, the river will fall below flood stage Jan. 11. River stage information is available here.
U.S. 67 southbound is closed until further notice and the Alton Police Department will continue to have an officer at the bridge approach to ensure no one crosses and no barricades are moved. According to the city's Missouri Department of Transportation liaison, southbound U.S. 67 between the Clark Bridge and the Missouri River bridge is closed because of water over the road. As soon as there is no longer water over the road between Missouri 94 and the Missouri River, they will reassess the situation and consider splitting the lane for two-way travel.
Drivers are strongly advised not to drive through water covering roads because the condition of the water underneath the road is unknown and the city is asking individuals not to remove barricades that have been placed at various places, such as sinkholes, street closures. They are placed there for the public's safety.