Photo by Diane Cox
Tim Brooks of Alton fills sandbags by the Argosy Casino on Monday.
ALTON — Volunteers and city workers worked throughout the night to form a barricade against the Mississippi River.
According to the city’s daily update on the flooding, Public Works Department employees filled sandbags using an automated machine provided by Madison County. Some of the sandbags were stacked Monday night by workers laboring around the clock. Monday night’s volunteers included Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan, Edwardsville Mayor Hal Patton, Madison County Emergency Management Agency Director Larry Ringering and numerous others.
Downtown St. Louis Airport in Cahokia donated its rescue bus last night for a warming center that was still there Tuesday. The village of Godfrey donated a pump as well a generator light tower and a Mutual Aid Box Alarm System light tower was delivered by the Staunton Fire Department.
Alton restaurants such as Mac’s Time Out, Catdaddy’s, Firehouse, LuciAnna’s Pastries, Big Muddy Pub, Riverbend Yoga, State Street Market and Duke Bakery provided food, hot beverages and warming centers.
Tuesday morning more volunteers arrived, including Coach Jeff Pickering of Civic Memorial High School with 16 students from his athletic department. Organizers say they expect to have more volunteers from area high schools Wednesday.
The Alton Marina and the amphitheater entrance and exits are closed and secure. The police department has officers along the river and the downtown flooding area.
So far, businesses affected by the flood are Morrison’s Pub and the Argosy Casino.