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The Hawg Pit, 821 W. Main St. in Grafton, is closed because of flooding.
With flood waters more aggressive than originally anticipated, Grafton is bracing itself for a wet weekend.
A portion of Route 100 in Grafton has now been closed, with more roadway expected to be blocked by the weekend. The Hawg Pit BBQ Barn on West Main has already closed, but other Grafton businesses on the “high ground” remain open. Brussels Ferry, the Illinois River connection between Jersey and Calhoun counties, has been closed down, the Grafton Ferry has been shut down for a week, and Calhoun County’s Route 96 in Mozier also has been blocked off.
The Illinois River at Hardin is forecast to crest at 32 feet at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 12, about 2 feet higher than its stage of 30.79 feet Thursday. The highest recorded crest was 42.4 ft on Aug. 3, 1993. At 32 feet, considered major flooding, Water Street in Hardin begins flooding near John F. Kennedy Street.
The Mississippi River at Grafton is forecast to crest at 26 feet at 7 a.m. Friday, July 11, considered to be moderate flooding.
Alton is not expected to be majorly impacted as of reports on Wednesday, and the downtown area looks to escape the flooding problems it has encountered in the past.
The Mississippi River at Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton is forecast to crest at 25.8 feet at 7 p.m. Friday, July 11, a level considered to be minor flooding. At that stage, Missouri 94 and the east end of Harbor Point Road off Missouri 94 north of West Alton begin flooding. Also, the access road to the Lincoln Shields area off Missouri 67 just west of the Clark Bridge begins flooding.
The Illinois Department of Transportation will continue to update the community on its website at www.dot.state.il.us.