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Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan (left) and Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton (right) are shown filling sandbags in downtown Alton Tuesday evening.
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Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan (left), Edwardsville Public Works Supervisor Matt Taul (right) and Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton (right) are pictured Tuesday evening filling sandbags to be used in the effort to protect downtown Alton.
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Madison County Chairman Alan Dunstan (left) and Pontoon Beach Mayor Mike Pagano (center) are shown Monday addressing the devastating flooding at Mallard Lake off Illinois 162 that forced the evacuation of more than 100 residents, many of whom needed to be evacuated by boat.
ALTON — As floodwaters from the swollen Mississippi River continue to rise in advance of Thursday morning’s anticipated crest of 35.7 feet, volunteers worked diligently around the clock filling sandbags in an attempt to minimize damage to the city’s downtown area.
The stage at Melvin Price Locks and Dam at 3 p.m. Wednesday was 35.32 feet. The all-time record at the dam was 42.72 feet on Aug. 1, 1993.
Among the volunteers who spent Monday and Tuesday evenings filling sandbags at the staging area near West Broadway were Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan and Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton.
Dunstan joined the sandbagging operation after spending the past four days traversing the county inspecting flooded areas and meeting with officials to determine what additional assistance Madison County could provide. Patton spent his second evening at the sandbagging operation after putting in a 12-hour shift at his dental practice in Edwardsville.
Also assisting in the sandbagging effort were Larry Ringering, director of the Madison County Emergency Management Agency, and Edwardsville Public Works Supervisor Matt Taul, who was joined by his wife and son.
The Illinois Department of Transportation website, http://www.idot.illinois.gov/home/Comm/emergency-road-closures, has the latest information on road closures throughout Illinois. Detailed information on the Metro East is also available at http://apps.dot.illinois.gov/stl-traffic. IDOT District 8 updates are on Twitter at https://twitter.com/IDOTDistrict8.
Information on river stages is available at http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=lsx&gage=alni2 and http://mvs-wc.mvs.usace.army.mil/dresriv.html.