Madison County maps out flood plan in case river levels rise above normal

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Posted on March 23, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 24 at 2:08 AM

(KMOV) -- Flooding is becoming major concern for an Illinois county.

After the recent wave of warm weather, officials on the Madison County Emergency Management (MCEM) Agency have begun mapping out a flood plan just in case river water rises above normal.

The Army Corps of Engineers is also keeping track of rising water throughout the St. Louis area.

 

Officials will be monitoring water in Grafton, a town in which both the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers meet, and Alton.

 

Members from the MCEM plan to start sandbagging both cities next week and warn residents to be prepared for potential floods.

 

At this point, most forecasters are not expecting something along the scope of the flood of 1993, where flooding reached record levels, but heavy rainfall over the next week could make things much worse.

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