Flood evacuees: 'Load up, get the hell out'

9:44 AM, Jun 5, 2013   |    comments
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ALTON, Ill. (KSDK) - The Mississippi River has crested in Alton, but several main roads leading in and out of the city are underwater.

The National Weather Service said the river crested in Alton at 11 a.m. on june 4 at 34.38 feet.

The northbound lanes of U.S. 67 have been converted to two-way traffic between Missouri Route 94 and the Illinois end of the Clark Bridge to Alton. The southbound lanes remain closed because of flooding. Drivers should use extra caution and observe posted speed limits.

State Route 100 (The Great River Road) is closed between U.S. 67 in Alton to Pearl in Pike County.

U.S. 67 (Landmarks Blvd) is down to one northbound lane at the River Road; both south bound lanes are open.

The right lane of westbound State Route 143 is closed from Lock and Dam Way to the Broadway Connector.

State Street at Broadway is also closed.

Riverfront Park is closed and people are advised to stay away because of water currents and snakes.

The Feed the Need Concert, sponsored by Senior Services Plus and originally scheduled for June 8th at the Alton Amphitheater, has been moved to Alton Square Mall. The Changes in Latitude-A Tribute to Jimmy Buffet Concert, originally scheduled for June 14th at the Alton Amphitheater, has been rescheduled to August 23rd.

The Argosy Casino is closed and anticipates being closed until Friday. No other Alton businesses were closed as of Wednesday morning.

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