Grafton mayor keeps wary eye on rising Mississippi River

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by Brittany Noble and KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on April 20, 2013 at 11:55 PM

(KMOV.com) -- The Mississippi River is days away from cresting in Grafton, Ill. but many people are on alert. On Saturday, some parts of River Road were already impassable.
 
Last week, Mayor Tom Thompson and his crisis management team began warning the community of rising river levels.

“We alerted businesses," said Thompson. "Police handed out flyers to show people where the water was coming up, at what interval, how fast and what day."
 
Jessica Bradfisch said the flooding has been good for business at the Whole Scoop, a Grafton ice cream shop.

"Tourists have been coming," she said. "The river is attracting people to come look and see how the flood is going."
 
Jerri Camerer moved to Grafton just after the flood of 1993 . She said she vividly remembers the flood of 2008, and is praying that her town is able to withstand the flooding.

"We’re just hoping the water crests and goes back down,” said Camerer.
 
The Mississippi River stands at 25 feet in Grafton on Saturday, and is expected to crest at 30 feet by Wednesday.

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