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Mississippi River to crest 15 feet above flood stage Tuesday

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ALTON, Ill. (AP) -- Officials expect the Mississippi River to crest 15.5 feet above flood stage Tuesday flooding multiple businesses around Alton, Ill.

Waters are rising along some areas of the Mississippi River while utility workers try to restore power after weekend storms.

Route 100 from Alton to Grafton was closed Monday due to heavy water on the road.

The Argosy Alton Casino is closed until Thursday due to the flooding as well.

The National Weather Service says the Mississippi above St. Louis should crest Monday 11 feet above flood stage at Grafton. It’s projected to crest about 15.5 feet above flood stage on Tuesday in Alton.

Alton City Workers inspected the make-shift levee of sandbags Monday morning as it held the water back.

Weekend rain and flooding also washed out some corn fields in central Illinois. Farmer Jim Buckman of Maquon says high water from the Spoon River washed away 220 acres of his corn.

The weather also forced a Sunday fishing tournament in Quincy off the Mississippi and onto lakes.

The National Weather Service says several days of drier weather could be ahead.
 

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